The pressures of modern life seem to mount amongst society daily, and many of us are in a position where our responsibilities, concerns and duties weigh heavier and take up more of our time than ever. That’s not to say that you necessarily dislike your life or those activities and people within it, but it can be difficult to find yourself in periods of busyness. You shouldn’t lose perspective or your sense of ‘you’, ever, no matter what is going on around you – because if you do, eventually you’ll hit a mental, physical and spiritual breaking point.
With ongoing responsibilities and activities in your life, finding time for self-care and to nurture your own wellness can seem impossible. Thankfully, it isn’t. With a little careful planning and mindful intentions, you can factor in some critical time for yourself. Looking after yourself allows you to nourish your relationships with others better and isn’t just a selfish decision: it’s common sense!
The notion of self-care for many is a big one, but it needn’t be. Doing whatever you enjoy or whatever calms you is self-care; be that reading a book, sitting and taking ten minutes to breathe over a cup of coffee, going swimming, or sitting on the sofa and chatting on the phone to a friend. It doesn’t need to be attending a lengthy yoga retreat, seeking professional advice or heading to a spa – although of course if you have the time and appetite to do these things, go for it!
The Ponderlily journal allows you to schedule in time for yourself, and that can be anything from a fifteen-minute ‘between-errands’ time slot to a full day or longer. Even if your carefully laid plans don’t pan out as you had hoped and envisioned (and it happens to everyone, often!), the tools within the journal let you remain mindful and express gratitude and acknowledgement of your situation without losing sight of your goals, your own wellbeing and your happiness.
If you hit a breaking point and feel that you can no longer cope in a period of “I just CAN’T do this anymore!”, there’s no shame to be felt for this. If you need to, seek the help and advice of others. Take stock of where you are and what’s going on, and if you can, assess how you can influence either the situation as a whole or how you can deal with it and support yourself better. This can be written out in your Ponderlily journal and makes for a great exercise in accountability if shared with someone else. Circumstances change and recognising this will allow you to focus forward on more positive times ahead.
When you just can’t adult; don’t. Take some time for yourself to refocus, refresh and relax. Grant yourself permission to enhance your attitude and abilities moving forward.