Friday Fuel – Be Selfish

We made it! The weekend is just hours away…time for you to catch up on errands, drive the kids to soccer games, study, or finish whatever else didn’t get done during the week. I know for me, Saturday and Sunday are when I get all of my chores and a lot of my homework done. Isn’t it interesting how we always look forward to the weekend, but so often those two days are filled with more stress and busyness than the work/school week? We crave these two days for rest and relaxation, but rarely is this ever the case. We might see a few friends one night for a movie or go to dinner with a loved one, and yes this provides some “Zen” time, but what are you truly doing for yourself during these two days? Typically, nothing…thus, I pose a challenge to you: be selfish.

Today, being selfish has one definition that carries a pretty negative connotation – only caring about you and not about others, but I’d like to think there’s another meaning to it, one that is more positive. What if being selfish meant taking just one hour on Saturday or Sunday to do something beneficial for you instead of doing something for someone else? It can be something as simple as lying by the pool, mediating, or doing anything that will give you that moment of relaxation. Contemporarily, we are all “go, go, go”, and we are facing more mental and physical health problems than ever. It is my opinion that taking a moment for yourself to make your mind right can make all the difference. Ultimately, my goal would be to take personal time every day, but I know how challenging that is. So together, let’s start out with setting aside one hour this weekend for us, to do what we want to do. After all, you can’t take care of others until you have taken care of yourself.

To start, figure out what you want to do for yourself this weekend. Now, write down a list of other things you need to get done, too. If you’re anything like me, I image that’s a pretty big list! Okay, so how are we going to fit in your Zen time? Well, we are going to move a few of those tasks into the week somewhere, and boom! You have now budgeted yourself time on the weekend to relax. For example, I want to lay by the pool with a book on Sunday for about an hour. So, I look at my laundry list of things to do, and I decide that Thursday night I can vacuum and mop. Great. I’ve managed to earn 30 minutes towards my pool time. But wait! I can go to the grocery on Saturday instead of Sunday, since I pass it on the way home from my Saturday run. There’s that hour I needed! I know this is a simple example, but the fact of the matter is you can make time for anything if you truly want to. It really can come down to budgeting your time or simply vacuuming on Thursday night instead of watching TV. The only way this won’t work is if you don’t want it to…and if that’s the case, then maybe you need to go back and read my “Attitude” post from two weeks ago 🙂

Take Aways:

  • Take time for yourself at least once a week to let your body and mind reset.
  • Make a conscious effort to budget your time.
  • If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others.
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