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Women's Wellness: Finding “Me” Time

Almost all women on the planet are pre-programmed to take care of everybody else before themselves. It’s hard in this day and age when women seem to be doing it all. They’re daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, professionals, and they feel the pressure every single day. 

But we all know how we can be after a couple of nights (or months) of not getting adequate sleep, or how frustrated we get when we don’t get even 15 minutes a day to ourselves.

Taking time off to do something you enjoy as a means of taking the edge off and releasing the pent-up pressure of your daily responsibilities isn’t a luxury - it’s a must! 

Studies show that when you don’t prioritize yourself and your needs for, at least, a few minutes each day, you become resentful of those taking up your time and space. Then you start taking it out on them by lashing out, being frustrated all the time as opposed to your usual calm and sweet self.

Taking a breather gives you the opportunity to relax and recharge so you come back with a better ability to carry out your commitments with more clarity and a sense of enjoyment. Learning to be “in the moment” is crucial to your own personal sense of happiness. 

This is what those who practice meditation refer to as “practicing mindfulness.” It gives you the power to control your emotions and lower your stress levels. When stress levels are low, your perspective on things tends to be more balanced, and positive, you’re not angry as much, you’re more organized, in control and energetic.

"We're a multitasking society. If we're having a conversation with a friend, we're thinking about the other things we have to get done," says Allison Cohen, a marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles. "Instead, you need to be present in the moment..."

Here are a few tips to remind you how important it is to carve out some time for yourself.

You deserve it.

In order to lower stress levels, women need to stop feeling guilty about leaving the dishes unwashed, leaving the kids to play on their own for a few minutes, or leaving their work at work. So the first step is to consciously make the decision to free up some minutes during the day for you - everything (and everyone) else can wait.

"You have to build in battery recharge time," says Margaret Moore, co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. "We're very good at project management in our work lives, but not so well in our personal lives. Treat it like any project..."

Decide how you’d like to spend these precious minutes.

Some women exercise, others read a book; some do yoga, while there are those who just want a cup of coffee and some quiet. Whatever provides you with relaxation and a chance to free your thoughts and release some of the pressure, then that’s what you should do. 

Remember, though, that you should treat this time as you would any other appointment and don’t get bullied by your sense of guilt into doing housework or running errands during your special time. 

It takes practice, but you’ll quickly discover that you become a much calmer version of you when you make time for yourself, and who doesn’t want that!

Practice smart time management skills.

Whether it’s scanning emails, surfing the net or answering personal calls during your workday, then it’s time to put a stop to anything that wastes time and leads to nothing. Learning to organize your responsibilities should be your top priority, this will eliminate stress and free up time, which you can use for something more enjoyable. 

You can even sit down during the weekend to organize your time, and write down everything that should be accomplished for that week. Sometimes, this means that there may be times when you have to say “no” to some obligation or other that you don’t want to participate in that doesn’t bring satisfaction or joy into your life.

On the plus side, if you’re facing a problem at work or at home, sometimes the best way to find an answer is to stop thinking about it altogether. 

Channel your energy into doing something creative. Being creative could be what you need to grease those brainstorming wheels and regain your focus. It could also be the exact thing you need for better sleep.

Find the time.

Well, unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day - you won’t ever be able to change that. However, what you can do is free up some time here and there to your own personal gain. Juggling your work or study schedule, traffic and everything in between can be freakishly difficult to handle. 

However, all you need are some smart organizational skills, and you can be the one in control of your time, and not the other way around.

• If you drive, use this time to listen to music or the radio. You can even enjoy the quiet and your own thoughts.

• If you can ditch your car and use public transportation, then you can use that time to do something you enjoy, like read a book or writing or even meditation.

• If you can walk, all the better. This way, you’re doing some exercising; you can listen to music or an audio book.

• If you have an appointment, try to get there 15 minutes, or even more, early so you can have those minutes to yourself.

• If you can, have lunch by yourself at least once a week. Go to the park to get a break from all noise pollution, or if you can’t, stay in your car or a quiet cafe or restaurant where you won’t find any distractions. Many associate being alone with loneliness, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Being by yourself allows you to enjoy your own company. You get back in touch with your interests, likes and dislikes so you know exactly what makes you happy, and a stronger version of yourself. 

"Solitary time can help you have a better understanding of yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions," says Katherine L. Muller, PsyD, associate director at Center for Integrative Psychotherapy.

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Do you have the courage to ignore the experts?
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Do you have the courage to ignore the experts? Shared by Rickey Johnson, www.jusmcc.net 

Do you have the willingness and ability to understand and use the power that is within you? 

Courage is that state of mind when you do something that you know is right for you and your loved ones and the rest of the world thinks you’re mad. 

The ability to make the decision and then make it happen. 

Courage is not progressing through life with gay abandon, ignoring all the fears. 

Quite the contrary. Courage is an understanding of fear. 

An understanding of what to fear and what not to fear. 

Courage is the ability to challenge what is deemed to be common sense.

The world will constantly knock the courageous because they want mediocrity. 

They want mediocre players and people. 

People who don’t rock the boat. 

People who do what they are told. 

People who willingly stay within the rules even though they know they are causing harm to others.

Pause for a moment. Just think . 

Does it take courage to make the latest technology go faster, make it bigger, more complex than the last edition? 

Does it take courage to add to what already exists? 

For us, courage is shown by those who fight for something new. 

Follow their dream and see the benefit of going in the opposite direction.

The question is do you have the courage to do what you want? 

To touch your potential. 

Do you have the courage to speak out for what you believe in? 

Do you have the courage to go for it? 

Remember when you were a child. 

Were you curious? 

Were you a risk taker then? 

No doubt you had lots of courage when you were a child. 

You did many things based on a focus and no evidence. 

As a child no doubt you trusted the processes of life. 

So what’s different now?

If you are now feeling a huge resistance to going forward to naming your aim and objective,  to realising your potential. 

Don’t worry it’s normal. 

The resistance is a normal way of moving forward. 

It’s your natural brake that is saying hang on a minute lets have another look at this. 

Every time you meet resistance within yourself or others it means you are growing 

because only as you start to think and state something outside your box do you encounter opposition. 

So don’t be discouraged and write yourself off. Stay with it. 

You see, the feeling of fear and not following your beliefs was no doubt planted in your childhood. 

The time when you were told that you ought to value money. 

That you ought to save. 

You need to be careful, you need to have heroes and follow others. 

Perhaps instead we should have been taught to respect money but to be generous with it rather than be thrifty. 

Perhaps we should have been taught to go for our dreams rather than settle for security. 

As Andrea Dworkin, the feminist and civil rights activist, stated in one of her speeches:

By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air. 

It is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, 

and most of the time we do not even notice it. 

We think it applies to men as well as women. 

Well at least Graham says it applies to him. Every time he thinks of stepping out of his box, fear is present. 

So there isn’t a fearless state. 

We just have to accept it and carry on. 

What is that phrase? “Feel the fear and do it anyway”. 

Start by looking at your aim and objective. 

What is your aim? 

Do you have one? 

Is it a general I want to earn $50,000 a year 

or is it more focused on an activity. 

For example, I want to tap into, understand and use the power that is within me. 

I want to assist others to do the same. 

All you need is an aim and the willingness, the courage to make effort to implement it.

Once you have your aim the hard work really starts. 

Now it’s time to practice, practice, practice. 

To read all you can around your subject. To buy all the books that will help you. 

Go on courses that will help. 

Meet successful people in the sphere of your chosen aim. 

Pick everyone’s brain. 

Whatever needs to be done to reach your aim.

Don’t worry about your capabilities they will come. 

If you have chosen the aim from your heart, from your subconscious then the capabilities will follow. 

How do you know your aim is chosen from your subconscious? 

Because you have no doubts about it. It feels comfortable. 

More than that it makes you get up in the morning.

As they say, the journey begins with a first step. 

Now; do you have the courage to take it? 

Do you have the courage to ignore the experts and do what you really want to do in the world?

It’s up to you.

Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves 

an idea better than all things in the world, 

that he is thinking neither of his bed, 

nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to 

put in action the invisible thought of his mind. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)


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