I have been thinking about time outs for grown ups lately. I learn from my focus group ladies that I am not the only one who feels the need for more time, for more balance, for a slow down in my daily life of trying to keep all the balls up in the air doing everything I need to do. I struggle with giving myself permission to take a time out, to relax and to do nothing but enjoy a walk, time on the beach doing nothing but sitting to look at the beach and the water and the ferry going back and forth.
What I know is that when I do give myself that permission I feel better, not just mentally but physically and emotionally as well. It gives me room for creativity to happen, problem solving and just having a check in with I'm at in the moment. I spent three hours on the beach last Sunday just soaking up the sun and warmth, walking as the tide kept going out lower and lower. I felt my heart rate lower, my ears lower down away from my shoulders and breath deepen.
So how do we give ourselves permission to slow down and do the things that create room for you to relax and unwind. I suggest taking it one thing at a time, anything more than that creates too much to try to do. So try one day at a time to give yourself a set amount of time just for you to do something that isn't about getting anything done for anyone else. Maybe it is 30 minutes in the morning to write in a journal, create a gratitude list, to meditate, to read, do yoga, take a walk. Whatever it is, do something that speaks to you in that moment. It doesn't have to be the same thing everyday, but give yourself that time for just you. You might find that once you start you will find more ways to give yourself the gift of time.