Prioritize

Prioritizing YOU

You have to take a step back and make time for yourself! I’ve learned this through trial and error. Taking the time to recharge your emotional, mental and physical state can help prevent yourself from being stressed out with the busyness of teenage life!

Neil Fiore, Ph.D., a psychologist in Berkeley, California says, “Research shows that to be productive and creative, you must make time for recreation and relaxation. Trying to skimp on them hurts your motivation and often leads you to procrastinate.”

Finding as little as 15-30 minutes a day of uninterrupted, relaxing “me” time can be challenging. Today’s society is all about a busy, never-ending to-do list with not enough focus on prioritizing what’s most important to you. Your “me” time should allow you to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate.

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I’ve noticed that when I make time for the activities that matter most to me or prioritize a few minutes to myself every few days, I can come back to my responsibilities with greater focus, commitment and enjoyment! Honestly, I still have to tell myself that “ITS OKAY,” to take a breath and chill out. Somebody recently told me, “If everyone else around you is worthy of care and attention, then so are you.”

How do you find time? Here are a few simple answers.

  • Wake up an hour earlier and use it for what you love
  • Use your lunch or work break to prioritize what you need to get done
  • Put away your technology and choose to take care of yourself instead
  • Close your door so you have more private, “you” time.
  • Say “NO” to an activity with a friend to spend time with yourself

Women especially feel guilty for taking extra time to ourselves. There are articles published that claim we always feel the need to prioritize others as apart of our caring and nurturing emotions. We can’t take care of others if we aren’t happy, healthy, and strong ourselves though!

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I like to think of my emotional state as a battery. It starts off with a full charge, but I will eventually get drained if I’m not charged up. How do I re-charge myself? I plug up to my outlets! I find contentment for my emotional, mental and physically state when I….

  • workout to feel better physically
  • go for an outdoor walk
  • do a devotion to reflect with Jesus
  • read my favorite book
  • clean my room
  • have my own spa night
  • play classical music and dance
  • organize my weekly planner
  • cook myself dinner
  • close my eyes and rest

It’s the little things that can make the biggest impact! In solitude we discover what makes us feel alive. We get to know ourselves and understand what our souls need to feel alive again.

I also have three “big” outlets that I turn to when I desperately need to feel like myself again! The first is I take myself to my “secret” favorite place. It’s therapeutic and breathtaking. Second, I’ll take myself out on a date! I love going to a bookstore with coffee in hand! Or third, I’ll go visit my best friend and simply spill my emotions through conversation. All of these truly help me as I’m on a personal journey of finding more time with myself.

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“You can’t say one thing and schedule another. Where you spend your time is where your values are.”

Where are you spending most of your day? Have you made any time for yourself this week? If you’re battery if feeling low, you need to plug up to an outlet! What’s yours going to be?

Love, FitTeen Maddy

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