When I think of summer, I think back to a wonderful childhood at my grandparents house in South Georgia. After a school year filled with tests and projects I was ready all the adventures that awaited me. Endless TV, including the Price is Right and my grandmama's stories (her term for soap operas). I remember going to work with my Granddaddy and being his secretary and helping my Grandmama cook meals. I would play outside for hours and swim at the community pool.
I never wanted summer to end. Although I had fun at school and home with my parents, summer was a great escape from all the daily tasks. Summer life was adventurous and out of the norm. While talking to a friend recently about how our summer was going; she said "As adults, summer is just June & July. Nothing changes." Daily responsibilities without finding the balance of joyful experiences can lead to increased stress and feeling overwhelmed. We often give of ourselves without any consideration of self. WHY is that?
An act of self-care is an act of self-love.
What do you think about the questions below?
1. Do you often tell yourself that your needs can wait because someone else's need is greater?
2. What do you tell yourself about doing something for yourself?
3. Do you have the expectation that you will be able to complete every goal, even if it's unrealistic?
4. Do you expect others to know what you need and have negative feelings when they don't meet your needs?
5. How much time in one day is devoted to others?
6. How much time in one day is devoted to yourself?
7. Do you feel that your life is balanced?
8. What will it take for you to find balance?
Based on how you answered these questions, it may be necessary for you to love of yourself and shift balance in your life. Don't wait for others to give you this gift. Show yourself some love today.
Take care of yourself and everyone, including you, will be better for it.
With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, I strive to live life at the highest of my potential and work to support others in doing the same. These are some thoughts and reflections along the way.