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Recharge Your Batteries

 

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“That’s the problem with putting others first; you’ve taught them that you come second.” ~Unknown

For the past few weeks I have been doing just that…neglecting the one person that matters most to myself.  That person is ME.  Yes I have been putting my needs and wants on the back burner and allowing others’ needs and wants to take a front row seat.  Of course while I was in the midst of tending to everyone I was ignoring how I felt.  I said YES to everyone and everything but myself. I am finally realizing how truly detrimental that actually is.

I wrote the stress off as how busy I was because I had so much on my plate.  When really it was the stress of me overdoing it and not taking care of myself.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love helping others and being there for them but I have a tendency of diving all the way in and I forget to come up for air.  I need to learn how to assist in doses and when I am not assisting, I should be recharging so that I can be ready to assist again.

I was sick all last week. What (I thought) started out as a cold, had not yet gone away, it had gone to my sinuses.  I hadn’t stopped.  I was constantly been on the move.  For some odd reason, I can’t allow myself to STOP and RECHARGE.  I’m in the love with the idea of always being available for everyone at all times.  Boy, do I learn the hard way.

Last week, I forgot to do things for myself, I forgot to say NO to others and YES to myself.  I forgot to take care of ME.  I feel as though if I were to sit out and watch from the sidelines that I would somehow be indefinitely inadequate.  In reality and outside of my  (sometimes) twisted way of thinking on certain topics, that is not at all true.  If I give my body time to recharge, I will be able to get back in the game quicker.  I will be healthier and stronger.

Instead, I stay in the game. I do things that are out of character for me.  I eat horribly and skip workouts.  I scale back on commitments.  All because I am not 110% and I am not on my A-Game, as I usually am.  I am very hard-headed and stubborn and feel as though a large animal needs to sit on my lap and pin me down so that I do not move until I am well again. The game will not stop while I am sitting on the sideline.  The game always has subs that can fill in while you are out recharging.  That is what I am realizing.  Ask for help when needed, especially when you do not want it, for that is when you need it the most.

I am happy to report that after a long weekend of resting and pampering myself, I have recovered and I back! I finally said YES to myself and I look forward to saying YES to myself more often so that I am not sitting on the sidelines anymore ;).

I hope you all had a long, fun and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!

3 Comments

  1. Love this post! I tend to put myself last above my kids and my husband. And I often forget to take care of myself. So this is a great thing for me to read! Thank you!

    1. Awww!! I am so glad that you liked it! I am also so happy that I am not the only one who does this. I am so happy that you enjoyed reading it.

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