Why It Is Okay To Take Time For Yourself
If you’re looking to become a better you, you might feel a little uncomfortable with some self-improvement tips that are about taking time for yourself. Especially if you are stuck in the old beliefs that we have to give all of ourselves to others. A belief that many of us hold, and can cause us to suffer more than we need as it will hold us back instead of growing towards our highest potential.
Obviously, not everything is about us, as one of the most satisfactory things to do is being of help to others. However, before we can really address and be of help to others we need to make sure that we have a solid and healthy base for ourselves, so that we can avoid being swapped away by the need of others…
If you find it difficult, or mentally struggle to take time for yourself, we want you to consider the instructions an air hostess presents to you when the airplane is ready for takeoff. They ask you to follow these instructions in case there is an emergency during the flight, and point out that if the oxygen masks in the airplane are coming down, that it is of extreme importance to FIRST put on the mask yourself before you try to attend someone else?
Although it might be counter intuitive to do so — because our instinct and desire to help others can be grater than the desire to help ourselves — we need to follow these instructions in order to be able to help others, while without the mask it’s only a matter of minutes before we become a victim ourselves and in need of the support from someone else…
Therefore, we want you to understand that the tips you’ll read about taking time for yourself, and attending the needs for yourself are in that same spirit. If you have enough air to bread you can share it with others, if you don’t you’re not in the position to help someone else, you’re the one that needs help…
Okay, with that out of the way, the following four self-improvement tips will smooth the transition and have you creating new habits for personal growth in no time at all.
Self-Improvement Tip #1 — Take Time for Yourself
While you might associate being a better person with doing more for others, the truth is you need to take time for yourself in order to be that better person. If you are burned out and stressed, you will not be a positive contribution to anyone. Taking time out for yourself is not selfish; it gives you the opportunity to refresh your own wellbeing, which in turn will positively affect others too.
Self-Improvement Tip #2 — Create Daily Me Time
Once you understand that taking time out for yourself is a contribution to your own well being, then it’s time to schedule it. It is important to keep your integrity to yourself when declaring your “me” time. Set aside some time daily. If you are like most, this may seem near impossible; but guess what? You can find 15 minutes every day.
Self-Improvement Tip #3 — Be Dedicated to Your Personal Time Now
If you don’t respect your personal time, no one else will. Take your 15 minute meditation time in the morning or your daily time out on the front stoop just listening to nature; read a spiritual book like the Book of Psalms which will take you a few mere moments every day.
Self-Improvement Tip #4 — Let Others Know You are Serious about Your Personal Time
Once you have established an amount of time and set that time for the day, let everyone know you have a big, “Do Not Disturb” sign on your back. It’s fifteen minutes a day for goodness sake. Everyone will survive without you for a while.
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