Give Yourself a Break

I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection lately. Self-reflection is good, too much – not so good! I’ve not been happy with who I am as a person lately. I’ve been dealing with some serious health issues, and I’ve allowed them, and the thoughts of them, to overwhelm me. I was finally coming to grips with everything and then covid-19 hit, and I went from being a teacher in a school, to teaching from my bedroom online, while my daughter worked in the living room and my son in his bedroom.

It was a huge struggle, we had exactly one week to take everything we were doing in a classroom and get it online. We didn’t do well and the kids didn’t do well. I was working from 7:00 in the morning, until 11:00 – 12:00 at night, trying to connect with kids, and it’s continued into this summer. It’s made me realize something. Taking time for me isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity. It’s a necessity for all of us. And the way that time looks is going to be different for everybody, and that’s okay. We’re all different, our “me” time should be different as well.

So take some time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be hours, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were! I know our initial impulse is to give our all to the things that we do, work, play, friends and family. But if you keep giving your all and don’t take time for you, you’re going to crash and burn. Don’t do that to yourself. Take the time for you to indulge in a hobby, or even just to sit and do nothing. You’ll be better off in the long run!