Summer has ended. Many parents are sighing with relief that their kids are back in school. And everyone is getting back to regular work schedules with fewer vacations, impromptu days off and weekend getaways.
How many times have you heard someone mention that September is a busy time of year? How many times have you made that claim? We may not be jetting off on vacations, hosting a barbecue every weekend or dashing from party to party, but there is more than enough to keep us all running in three directions at once.
It’s important for your physical and mental health to make time for yourself in between endless work meetings, helping with homework, running kids to and from sports and other activities and yardwork. When we are constantly on the go, our bodies show signs of fatigue like a stiff neck, tight shoulders and headaches. We can also have trouble sleeping, moodiness and forgetfulness.
Taking time for yourself to recharge doesn’t require a quiet weekend at a yoga retreat. Even a few minutes a day that are just for you can make a difference. Find something that makes you happy and relaxed that fits into your already taxed schedule.
Is there a skill you’ve been wanting to learn? An activity you’ve been wanting to try? A nonprofit you’ve been considering volunteering for?
If your schedule is too full for something with a big time commitment, can you carve out 15 minutes at the beginning or end of your day? Take a few moments to fully stretch every part of your body to keep your fascia smooth and fluid. Savor your morning coffee while reading the paper or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.
For the ultimate in relaxation and you-time, schedule a therapeutic massage. Massage is proven to have immediate and long-lasting effects, such as relieving stress, reducing muscle tension, lowering blood pressure and helping you to sleep better. Plus, it just feels good.
However you choose to spend it, make sure you schedule some time just for yourself. Your mind and body will thank you.