Monday, June 4, 2012

You need a tune-up too

"I can't possibly take time to do that. I have way too much to do."

Ever hear those words? Ever say them?

Sometimes you are better off taking time out for a walk, for coffee with a beloved friend, for a movie with your partner or floor time playing with your child or grandchild. Most often, the work you are doing will wait. And you'll have more energy for it after having taken a break for fun.

Often we women are our own worst enemies. We push ourselves so hard—trying to save the world. Or even just our families.

Let up a bit. Don't think of self-care as a luxury. It really is healthy—and will improve your attitude as well as your productivity.

I get massages regularly, and I've learned to see them as my body's tune-up. I hadn't had a massage in my life until I was in my 50s. One day I realized I took better care of my car than of my body! I was religious about oil changes, tire balancing and alignment, and tune-ups for my car. I wanted it to run well for a long time. Hmmmm, well, what about my body?

Does your body need a tune-up? Or your mind need a little break? Be good to yourself. Find some self-care practices that really work for you. And don't feel guilty about it either!

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