It sounds simple enough and there needn't be any excuses about it. As you keep in mind making time for the yourself and the ones that you love, consider how balanced your life is in terms of your priorities, responsibilites, and self-care.
In the modern world, many of us are busy, and we have a list of responsibilities that continues to grow. It becomes easy for us to be caught on a treadmill of waking up, getting the kids ready, eating, going to work, eating again, working again, going home, eating, perhaps catching a little bit of time with family, and then sleeping again. The cycle can just seem to go on without end during the week, and only on the weekends do you find the time to retreat and perhaps catch up on rest and relaxation, and spend some time with your family and friends.
Looking at families now, it has become more common these days for both parents in a family to work, and one of the most common excuses that I have heard from family, friends, clients, and students, in relation to spending time self-nurturing or with their loved ones at the end of the day, is "I'm too tired from work".
Make the time, and make the effort, keeping in mind that; your children will grow up and you may miss out on the most wonderful times of your lives together if you take your, you and your partner are together to share a special part of your lives together, and you and your family and friends are there to grow together, learn together, and share together.
With consideration to the needs for rest, we also need to be there for ourselves, our children, our partners, and our family members. You may be wondering how this can be made possible. Here are some things that have worked well for us, and we trust will also work well for you:
- Positive Affirmations
For some, there may be the thinking of working for the weekends or living for the weekends, and we lose sight of where we are in our present days during the working week. One thing to consider is to be in the mindset of loving what you do and doing what you love, and that way, you'll keep a smile on your face and a positive approach to every day of your working week.
You can keep in mind, the things that you are working towards, and use it as your inspiration. Think about how you affirm this. Affirmations are the words we say and the thoughts that we think, that bring to us, all the things that we say we do, have, or want in life.
When you think of the thought "I can't wait for the weekend", the word "can't" itself is negative, and it tells the Universe that you are not being patient for the weekend to come. It is like telling the Universe that you are not grateful for the present moment.
Instead, you could affirm "I look forward to the weekend", as it has been worded positively and it is telling the Universe that you are welcoming in the weekend with a sense of joy in the present. Even though you may not be really feeling like this at the moment, give it a try, anchor these positive thoughts in place and watch as your positivity brings you a delightful working week.
The more conscious you are of your daily thoughts, actions, words, and behaviours, both at home and in the workplace, the more peaceful and enjoyable each moment will become.
- Releasing Your Stress
Each day, we engage with various different people and a range of scenarios and situations are placed before us. These experiences and interactions become a part of our memory and thoughts for the day, and sometimes, the ones that are worried about are the ones that get brought home. I am sure everyone has had these days before, and what we are talking about here is being able to choose to let go of this stress so that we can have an enjoyable time at home.
Be mindful of things such as;
- Breathing deeply as this helps you to release tension.
- Exercising your body to let go of any toxins in your energy from the day.
- Meditation, which can be anything that focuses your mind and makes you present in your thinking and breathing. It can be something that you do when you: walk, commute on public transport or drive your car, commute on public transport, eat your meals, bathe or shower, and so on.
- Taking regular, short breaks from your work during the day to refocus your mind and body
- Your daily intake of food and bevages also has an important part to play in how you manage your stress. Consider what you are taking in, and perhaps if you are craving certain foods, it would be best to consult a book such as "Constant Craving", by Doreen Virtue, to understand the meanings behind your cravings.
So make the effort for yourself and the ones that you love. Enjoy the time that you spend alone and with others.
At the end of the day, who or what is going to fill your heart?
Is your job going to hug you, kiss you, and tell you how much it loves you?
Or is it you that loves yourself from within and shares this love with the family and friends that adore, appreciate, cherish, enjoy, honour, and love you?
As my Teacher, BelindaGrace has written in her books, "Make sure all of your ducks are flying in the same direction."
Check in with yourselves and bring balance to every area of your lives. Release the need to make the excuses in your life a priority, and make love for yourself, your loved ones and every experience in your life your priority.
Blessings and love,
Nathan and Friends O:)