The Importance of Taking Time for Yourself
The Importance of Taking Time for Yourself
The world is busy. It is a faced-paced, inconsistent, on-the-move place. For many reasons, this is beneficial for us. We are ever-changing beings with the desire to move forward constantly. This is good because we gain many opportunities to find ourselves in new ways. We try new things and reach goals and milestones. In a world such as this one, movement is key.
However, it is also possible to get caught up in the motions where you disconnect from yourself. As a result, you might realize that you missed out on things that were important to you, even things like rest and relaxation. You might not remember a time when you truly felt at peace. This can even lead to challenges like trusting yourself because you are too busy going and doing rather than being.
Remembering to Slow Down
As important as it is to create movement, work, and action, it is equally as important to slow down. When you can slow down or even stop and connect your mind to your body, it can ground you to the present moment. You might discover contentment means simply being with yourself, your feelings, and your emotions.
Presence within yourself is necessary because dissociating from how you feel can cause anxiety and depression. When self-care is put on the back burner, it can later manifest in a constant, unconscious state of fear, confusion, or anxiety. Being in a state of worry and not understanding why it can interfere with daily activities.
What Happens When You Are Disconnected
There might be times when you lose focus on the things that matter most to you. You might find yourself wondering, “Why am I actually doing this?” as a result of dissociating from your daily tasks. When it becomes more stressful than normal to function, it could be time to take a step back and notice what is important to you. It is time to reconnect to yourself and your desires.
Dissociation happens when you are not conscious of the feelings taking place during the things you are acting on. Over time, the feelings you disconnect from are stored within the body and later can cause anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. By allowing yourself to feel what you are experiencing, you are validating yourself. Without a connection between mind and body, it can lead to mindless behavior and a lack of acknowledgment within oneself.
Breathing to Reconnect With Yourself
There are several modalities available to you to assist in slowing down and focusing on yourself. Simple practices like breathwork and yoga are grounding techniques that don’t take too much time and can be done virtually anywhere. Breathing practices not only benefit mental health but physical health as well.
A lot of anxiety is fueled by not breathing properly. As children, we breathed more full stomach breaths. In most cases during this time, we did not have much to worry about. At some point along the way, something happened that slowly made us forget about long, full breaths. When we breathe more fully, we tap into how our body is feeling energetically and physically. Long breaths can drop one into a space of awareness and relieve an anxious state.
There are several combinations of breathing that can be used to your advantage, with several benefits such as energy, relaxation, stress relief, and higher vibration overall. Other ways to hone in on how you feel emotionally can be journaling, meditating, and doing simple acts of care for yourself.
This might look like making a comforting meal, going out in nature, or spending time reflecting on what you did during the day. Small choices make big impacts, and over time it is possible to see a difference in how doing small acts of kindness for yourself helps benefit who you are and what you can do.
No One Can Do It but You
You have the power to say no to the things you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do right now. Sometimes saying no to certain things can be exactly what you need. You do not have to say yes to things if that means you de-value what you need to do to replenish yourself.
It’s possible to get help and support with this, and you don’t have to do it alone. It is important to accept yourself for who you show up as in the present moment and know that it’s okay to practice self-care. You deserve time and space from the activities of the daily hustle and more love within.
Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.