Mindfulness and Making Time for Yourself

Does time for yourself sound like a foreign concept to you, too? While I was away on a short vacation last week, I grappled internally with the irritating idea of not having the time to create my weekly Simplified Suggestion post. This type of scheduling stress tends to happen around this time of year for most people, the holidays overtake your personal and professional schedules, and it can become ridiculously chaotic if you let it.

What I decided to do is going to be a shock to everyone who knows me personally – I skipped last week’s post. Completely skipped it, without notice and without warning. After too much deliberation, I decided that being mindful of my head-space and making time for myself to relax, especially around this time of year, was most important for my mental health and well-being. And do you know what? It worked like a charm! I flew back home with a more clear head-space and ready to take on the work ahead of me for myself and my clients.

When was the last time you took some time for yourself? Why not make some time for yourself, like you do with everything else in life? Step away from the screen, drop your phone to your side for emergencies and enjoy the small things that life has to offer. Switch your mindset from crazy, stressed-out lunatic who can’t get a hold of that super exclusive toy for their child or the mindset of juggling a million business tasks at a time to keep yourself afloat, to the mindset where you know for certain that you deserve time for yourself.

For those of you who feel that taking time for yourself can be selfish, I hear you, I really do. I used to feel that way in spades, it came with a lot of guilt. But, to be the best version of yourself for your friends and family (most importantly for yourself,) you need to make time for yourself and make yourself a priority, too. The world will keep spinning, I promise!

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

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