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Fit in 20: Mental Stress

I took a “mental health” afternoon yesterday. That’s right: I’ve been working far too hard, and I needed to take a few hours off just to reflect, reset, and refocus on what’s really important in life.

Right now I’m going through one of the busiest times I’ve ever experienced. My day job is a management position that requires I be at work from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM most days. I’m trying to “get ahead” in the company I’m in, so I’m putting in the time and effort now. I do my personal training and nutrition counseling outside of those hours, 4 days per week. On top of that, I take time out to do personal growth work 5 days a week, attending various groups that help me in my mental/emotional/spiritual journey.

Add a workout regime of 3 days per week, a course on spirituality that I facilitate on Saturdays, an advanced French course that I’m taking on Wednesdays, preparing my food in advance so that I can ensure I’m eating healthy, spending time with my family and with myself, writing blogs for my website, and there’s not a lot of time left over. How do we manage it all, when our schedules are like this?

A couple of days ago, I found myself slowing down mentally. Ever had that happen to you? You’re busy, busy, busy, but all of a sudden thinking becomes hard. Your thoughts feel like their stuck in quicksand. You suddenly remember there’s something you need to do, but by the time your calendar is open on your phone to make a note of it, you’ve forgotten what it is and it won’t come back. You sit, close your eyes, shake your head and realize that you’ve just been doing too much for too long without a sufficient break.

That’s me, so took a few hours off. I made a very successful sales call yesterday on one of my customers. That was at 2:00 PM, and – with my boss’s permission – I just took the rest of the day off. What a difference it made! Instant refreshment! 3 hours where I didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything. Bliss!

If you’re finding you need to take some time for yourself, then my challenge to you is that you create the space to make it happen. Go for a long drive. Treat yourself to a movie, a manicure or pedicure (yes guys, you can do this too, they’re wonderful!), a 1 ½ hour therapeutic massage, a walk in nature, whatever you need to do to take care of you. Don’t get so lost in the hustle and bustle that you end up losing yourself. Life’s busy, and we need to get things done, but it’s not worth burning out over. So, TAKE TIME FOR YOU!