Time to Take a Time Out

Friends, it’s time to take a time out for a few minutes.

Just stop…and read this.

When was the last time you relaxed? When was the last time you let yourself have a couple minutes to yourself to either unwind or get re-energized?

Last Sunday, I went for a walk and injured my hamstring. It was the morning of my anniversary with my boyfriend and I spent most of the day in physical discomfort. Once date night ended, I decided to do something I have not done in years…take a bubble bath to help alleviate some of the pain (his suggestion).

As I was getting everything ready, I saw my book (Paris for One & Other Stories, by Jojo Moyes) on my nightstand and thought maybe I should spend my ten or fifteen minutes in the tub reading a chapter.

Doing so was one of the best decisions I have made within the past few years. Experiencing peace and quiet while sitting in a hot bubble bath with a book put me in such a great mood.

When I was finished with my bath, I couldn’t help but ask myself why I don’t do that more often.  My boyfriend didn’t stress me out or anything… don’t get me wrong. But, if I felt so relaxed even after a good day, imagine what they could do for me after a day at work!

We all have busy lives, I get it. My day starts off at 6:30 a.m. when my alarm goes off. For 30 minutes, I slowly wake up, read my daily devotional, have a few minutes of prayer time, stretch, think of what I want to wear and eat, and then get out of bed. I then have an hour to get dressed and eat breakfast, and I am out the door by 8:00 a.m.

Once I get home, I help my mom cook dinner, do a couple household chores, eat, take a shower, and then get ready to go to sleep.

Before I know it, the day is gone.

Sometimes if I have trouble falling asleep, I’ll sleep in until 7:00 a.m. However, whenever I do that, I realize my whole entire day feels different.

That half hour I give myself to have “me time” is SO important and should not be missed.

No one should go without at least 30 minutes to themselves every day, and if you don’t, it might be a good idea to find that time. You will be surprised how much it changes your day.

Go for a walk (please stretch before), take a bubble bath, or read a book before you get out of bed. Do something that doesn’t require planning your day out or interacting with other people.

Life may not be slowing down for you, but sometimes, you need to slow down for yourself.

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