Work, work, work; go, go, go.  Does that sound familiar?  We’re all so busy today, with our jobs, family, volunteering, kids – and all their sports events!  It’s a wonder that we don’t just collapse one day.  Or do we?

Did you ever get so tired, that you can’t function like you “should” or you get brain fog so thick you can’t think straight?  Or has your body ever created aches and pains, seemingly out of nowhere?  How about feeling mentally or emotionally drained, just out of the blue?  These are all pretty good clues that the one thing you are skipping in your busy day, is “ME” time.  That down time you need to rest and recharge. 

I will admit, I’m guilty of this too.  I get busy running my businesses, making time for my loved ones, doing some volunteer work, and on and on.  The first thing I sacrifice is the time I take for myself, the time I need to recover.  Luckily my body and I have an agreement; when I push to long or too hard (and usually both), my body will scream out STOP!  In my case, it is usually one of those weird pains that tell me to rest.  Ok, it usually MAKES me rest. 

Here’s the good news.  You don’t have to wait until your body or mind throws in the towel.  But you do have to do something a little proactive which maybe scary for some people.  You have to take time for yourself.  Yes, you need to take care of you, and I mean every day! 

Find something that lets you relax and recharge.  It could be a morning meditation, a walk in nature, or just quiet time to clear your mind.  If you think sitting still in a quiet room is too challenging for your mind, try yoga, Tia Chi, kayaking or paddle boarding.  The “what” you do isn’t important.  What is important is that you are doing something that takes your mind of your hectic day, and you take some time to JUST BE you.

You may be thinking that this is fine for some people, but you have too many other “important” things to do.  You’ll rest when you’re dead.  Well, if you keep going full speed all the time, that rest may come sooner than you planned.  We are not designed to be constantly on the move.  Our bodies need time to recover, and often times, sleep is not enough. 

I love the analogy from airline flight staff; if the masks fall from the ceiling, put yours on first, then help your children with theirs.  You have to take time in life to recharge, or you won’t be any help to those around you.  If you are not a fan of that analogy, how about this; you can’t pour from an empty cup.  If you want to keep working, helping others, taking care of your family, then you need to take care of yourself.  Keep your cup filled with rest, relaxation, meditation, and you’ll find that you have more energy and focus in all the other tasks in your life.

So now if you will excuse me, I’ve got to put in some me time.  Clear my head, do a little meditation, and maybe see my chiropractor about this pain in my shoulders and neck….