I have had two thought provoking conversations this week. Both of them with busy working Mums. The conversations have been about our busy lives, having jobs to hold down, houses to run, children to look after and relationships to nurture. So often we allow ourselves (often subconsciously) to fall to the bottom of the list. Our own wants and needs forgotten, ignored, not given time or attention.
We allow our lives to take over. The different people in our lives make demands on us, and we respond. It almost becomes auto-pilot. Busyness takes over. Consumes us. Until we have nothing left to give and collapse on the sofa, or in bed, with a glass of wine at the end of the day.
The dangers of mindlessly allowing life to take over is clear. We can see it around us. Depression. Anxiety. Burn out. Stress. Exhaustion. Yet we do have a choice, if we choose to see it.
Ask yourself “what do I need to do to look after myself?” Personally, I have discovered yoga, and every Thursday morning I attend a fabulous yoga class which encompasses meditation and I end the class each week fast asleep on the floor! I emerge calm, energised and aware of my body as opposed to frantic, tired and with a busy mind.
So, in the words of one my clients, put your own oxygen mask on first. Choose to take care of yourself, be mindful of your own needs and, most importantly, breathe.