By: Laura Bishop, Guest Blogger
Life is busy. I mean, busy like I hit the ground running once my alarm goes off every morning. That’s the thing about me. I thrive on chaos, the busier the better. I get a natural high on planning and preparing for the day ahead, and getting to check everything off of my mental checklist. However, the problem with busy is that it takes away from time with myself. And when there is less time for Laura, I start to feel irritable, unsettled, resentful, and emotionally drained.
There is no indication that this amazing life will slow down anytime soon. I’m blessed with many great opportunities, all of which I want to take full advantage of. So instead of burning out, the challenge has been scheduling time for self-care.
Here’s the thing about self-care: there is little time in my daily schedule for something indulgent (i.e. a spa day), so I’ve had to get creative over the past month. For me, if I’m able to take 20 minutes out of the day to get in touch with myself by taking care of my physical and emotional wellbeing, then I’m all good. Lately, I’ve been waking up before everyone else in my house and enjoying a few moments of solitude with a cup of coffee in hand. I also find peace going on hikes with my dog or taking time to catch up on my favorite television shows. Another goodie for me is reading a few chapters of the latest book sitting on my nightstand. Whatever it may be that gives you the opportunity to decompress and focus solely on you, I say go for it! There will always be time to respond to that work email or to text your best friend.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been motivated, and for me, the constant state of being on the go is a crucial aspect of that. It’s hard for me to slow down. What I’ve come to realize is that my need to succeed, that drive that keeps my days occupied, is actually doing me a disservice. It’s hindering my ability to appreciate my life as it is. I’m not present. Instead, I’m always focusing on the next task.
Taking time to practice self-care has been a great lesson for me. It’s given me the opportunity to appreciate the sunrise or the carefree feeling I get when I leave my phone at home. These practices have allowed me to enjoy being in the Here and Now.
For all of you outgoing, strong, driven and inspired girls out there, I encourage you to never lose these beautiful attributes. Instead, just be open to taking a breather, a moment or two to get in touch with who you are, without all those self-imposed expectations or demands. Try simply being in the moment for as long as possible.
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Laura is a Bay Area native, with a master’s degree in counseling/psychology. She loves helping others become the best versions of themselves. When she’s not working with clients, she can be found spending time with friends and family (especially her little goddaughter), practicing yoga, hiking, and baking cupcakes. She considers it an honor and a privilege to share her voice with the IATG community.
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