It's been a while since I've communicated- it's been quite busy around here, which is not a bad thing. It just means I've been taking care of … Laura (Sirene).
Quite frankly, I felt like I needed to step away from my blog for a while. Mainly to reassess what it is I want to accomplish with it. Lately, I have been in the company of wonderful people who are bloggers themselves and who kick a$$ at glorifying the written word. With these thoughts in mind, I realized that I am, first, not taking my blog as seriously as I should and second, I needed to define the goal of my blog in order for you, dear reader, to be glued to these pages in the future.
This past month also made me realize how crucial it is for me to have one day (or a couple) dedicated to me, myself and I- you know, "me" days. The ones that make you feel relaxed or ponder deeply about personal things you care about: career goals, life purpose, objectives, etc.
Yes, the hashtag #TreatYoSelf is often trending on Instagram/twitter along with funny memes. But the reality is, I do need to treat myself. Not with material things, but rather dedicate time to myself to gather my thoughts; get reacquainted with myself and the things I value and that bring me sheer utter happiness. Below I've gathered multiple reasons why "me" days are necessary to a healthy life. I am not a life coach, but I understand why "me" days are important because at times I feel I've lost myself in the process of life and its responsibilities.
- Being Present: There's nothing like doing the things I love with out being bothered by noise. Setting time for myself means doing the things that make me feel relaxed whole heartedly- For me, that means being present in the moment and purposely turning off all the noise. What makes me feel relaxed is doing my nails. Something about focusing on polishing my nails makes everything else go silent. I try to polish my nails at less once a week during my "me" day.
- Self Awareness- When I was teenager, I spent some swaths of time alone and away. As much as I hated not going out with friends, I also learned how to be by myself- I was able to dive into my interests without the influence of outside noise. The process of listening to myself and finding my own voice helps me cater better to my interests and past-times today.
- Clearer thought process: Purposely stepping away from the day-to-day gives my mind capacity to reorganize my thoughts. With so much going on, I feel my brain needs to reboot and replenish itself in order to focus and have a clear thought process.
- Productivity will flourish: giving my mind a break from the day to day allows for recharge- this way I can get back to the daily grind with a clear mind. If you're like me, you may need to purposely push worrisome thoughts out of your mind. That means literally choosing not to think about what brings you worry- I talk myself into the idea of "I will deal with it later". Phrases like "I trust that it will be okay" or "It will get done tomorrow" allow me to relax and understand that work eventually will get done. I trust myself, those around me, and always thing about this: if you worry about something that hasn't happened- you suffer twice. It's important to push worries aside to give my mind a break to deal with it later- work smart not hard!
- Better relationships: Not only have I obtained a degree of independence by taking time for myself, but my relationships have benefited from a better-taken-care-of version of me. It's evident that personal issues aren't just dealt on a personal level- someone else will always take on part of the issue because we are human and cope with our problems by sharing with others (that or we self-destruct). Having alone time, or "me" days allows for a clearer mind. A clearer mind provides room for me to decide what kind of relationships are beneficial and necessary for me.
"Me" days are essential to a healthy thought process. In a world that never sleeps and where people think that time is money, alone time is crucial in order to maintain a peace of mind. Trust, breath, and take some time for yourself. I guarantee that work and responsibilities will be exactly where you left them once you return.
Thank you for stopping by!