Practice Passions: Spend Time Saying YES
The most valuable thing in the world to everyone is time. It's why we check our watch when someone is running late. It's why we feel so stressed if we have a lot going on at once. So, when you want to excel at something, your first thought might be that you will need more hours in a day or a particular change in schedule.
The thing is, we only have so many hours in a day and the activities we choose to do with them are up to us.
Making space for your passions
Everyone has passions they would like to explore if they had more time but as we know, there is no way you can do everything you want in one lifetime. However, there are ways each of us can make sure that our time matches what is truly important in our lives. I'm not just talking about taking extra hours off work or giving up TV for reading.
Instead, time management comes down to spending your time on things you care about like:
- Making choices that matter most.
- Nurturing relationships.
- Living up to your potential.
Neglecting yourself doesn't do you any favors
As a caregiver, my role often includes caring for my mother's needs as part of my own life. In turn, I often neglected my own needs. I often lacked the time to pursue personal goals.
As I have been giving care to my mom for over ten years, I have discovered that there is a balance between meeting her needs and nurturing my own.
When it comes to our free time, we often get so caught up with all the chores and responsibilities around us that we forget about the things that light up our lives. I know I did.
Practice your passions
Choosing activities that align with my passions allowed me to put aside what has to be done so that I can focus on what I enjoy doing most. Okay wait, I know how that sounds but what I mean is - I know I can get swept away from who I truly am because I let other people's needs overshadow my own.
For example, it takes mindful self-care to be able to take care of others, but you should never forget about fulfilling your own needs.
Take a moment and think about what you're most passionate about - maybe it's cooking or traveling. Think about how much joy it brings you and then make time for those things that matter most to you.
Say YES more often!
Say yes more often
When we say yes (to something), we are agreeing (to do something). Saying no can sometimes be difficult because we don't want others to feel like we're letting them down. But making sure we put ourselves first is crucial to living a happy and healthy life.
Allowing yourself some time for the things you enjoy will help keep your stress levels low and allow you to create the balance you need in your life.
Doing more of what makes us feel good will require getting rid of activities that drain our energy and resources that don't add value. The important thing is to spend time doing what you love.
Care for yourself!
If you are a caregiver or have a caregiver in your life, then caring for yourself is just as important as taking care of others.
Let's learn how to say yes again!
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