“Self Care Sunday” has become a buzzword lately. It’s often talked about but rarely actually practiced. Still, there’s a reason it’s so popular…
When you actually practice it, it pays off.
Why do we pick Sunday? In the Western world, Sunday is the day before our work week traditionally begins. It’s the pause before jumping back in the game. How you spend your energy each Sunday will affect your entire work week.
I used to work in the steel industry. The heart of Portland is industrial, and because of that, a home to heavy machinery. What I learned quickly was that our machines needed constant, scheduled preventative maintenance – because it was less expensive to do small breaks for pm’s than it was to let them burn out to the point of needing a complete overhaul (and a list of expensive parts & a technician to fly out to our rescue, not to mention a significant drop in production).
Our bodies in some ways are no different than a well-oiled machine. They need rest. They need care. They need detailed attention. If we let ourselves go too long without it, we will push ourselves to the point that we can no longer function.
Burnout affects every facet of our lives…
👉 Our moods
👉 Our health
👉 Our emotional capacity
👉 Our strength
👉 Our productivity
👉 Our mindset
We are all here to serve, in some way. It could be in our careers. It could be our children. It could be our community. We are better to those around us if we take time for ourselves – “preventative maintenance”, if you will.
Women, I’ve noticed, typically feel guilty for asking for or taking time dedicated solely to themselves. Especially mothers of small children. If the thought of spending time on yourself brings up feelings of guilt or selfishness, I want you to read the list above again – but this time, ask yourselves “How would these areas change / what would they look like if I allowed myself to recharge? “
You’ve heard the phrase “you cannot pour from an empty cup”.
Girl, it’s time to fill that cup.