It is a beautiful, sunny winter's day here today. I took my blanket outside into the sunshine. I lay down on my blanket, soaking up the warmth. I let my body relax. I slowed my breathing and concentrated on this for a few minutes. I repeated a mantra, let go, let go. I relaxed into my blanket, into the soft grass underneath. Relax, relax. It felt so good just laying there and letting go.
After a while I did some gentle stretching. Stretching whatever parts of my body I felt like stretching. Stretching gently, letting go. It felt good.
While out there on my blanket I did some thinking. Why do we feel guilty when we take some time out for ourselves? Some of us spend our days giving to our children. Some of us spend our days at work, giving to others and to our job. Some people do both. Sometimes we give and give until there is nothing left.
The thing is, we also need to give to ourselves. We are also important. We need to be happy and healthy so we can give to others. We need to be happy and healthy so we can have a happy and healthy life.
Think of yourself as a rechargeable battery. When the battery has run out of charge, it is flat, it has nothing more to give. It needs to be recharged so that it has more energy.YOU also need time to recharge. You also need to recharge so you can give some of your energy to others.
Everyday it is important to recharge YOUR battery. Everyday it is important to do something for YOURSELF that makes YOU feel good.
It doesn't need to cost money. It might be sitting outside on a blanket in the sun. You can do this while watching your children play. It might be reading a magazine or a book while your children play in a sandpit. It might be going for a walk while your partner watches the children. It might be lighting a candle, having a nice hot cup of tea or a bath. It doesn't matter whether you do it alone or with your children playing around you or watching TV. The important thing is that you do something that makes you feel good. Do it daily. You'll be surprised at how the littlest thing can make you feel so good.
xxoo Much love, Julie xxoo