I have seen people work, work and work! All they could ever do was work, with no time to unwind or enjoy the fruits of all their labors.
It is undeniable that times may be hard for some, but irrespective of your social class in society, the importance of treating yourself to some worldly pleasures cannot be overemphasized. After all, what is all your hard work worth, if you cannot take some time to savor its fruits!
You see, I am an ardent believer of ‘work some, rest some’. I like to have some dedicated ‘me’ time, in the midst of my busy schedule. Because, that’s when I am able to put everything together, and recharge for my next assignment.
There are people who work 2, 3 or even 4 or more different jobs. (Not that I am in any way trying to imply that working more than one job is bad, the point I am trying to make is that “all work, and no play, makes ……. a dull boy/girl/man/woman!) These people will also be the ones to work during paid holidays, just to get a double pay rate on those hours. But in the midst of all their hustling, you will never find them taking some time out to unwind. They are always on the move; no vacation, no get-away, nothing. They believe that every thing named ‘hour, minute or second’ should be spent working, and nothing else.
The sad thing about people who live their lives like this is that sometimes, they unfortunately do not live long enough to even enjoy the fruits of their labors; due to years of accumulated stress, and wear and tear on their bodies and organs. And when they have taken an early exit out of this place, other people who had no clue about the toils they had to go through to build for themselves, are left to enjoy the spoil.If you must work hard, then you also must create the time to play hard; to enjoy the good deeds from your hard work. Here, I provide you with tips to imbibe, in order to treat yourself to some TLC, to improve the quality of your time here.
- You have to be deliberate in your actions. And this includes making a decision to regularly give yourself a treat. You can set the frequency to as often as works best for you. This may be weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Go somewhere, all by yourself. Take a walk, buy yourself a cup of coffee, go grab ice-cream etc. Just do something that sort of gives a tap on your back for all your hard work.
- Pay attention to your health. Do not get too busy that you miss out on your doctor’s appointments. Go for your annual or routine physical examinations. Never take anything for granted and that includes your health, because only a healthy soul can indeed create more success.
- Engage in health and fitness activities. Participate in exercises. Don’t have time to go to the gym? No problem. Designate certain times in a month where instead of driving your car to and from work, you go with public transportation, and engage your legs in some fun ‘walking’ exercises.
- Eat right. Be cognizant of what you allow get into your body. Sometimes, when we have engaged in so much work, we try to compensate for our actions, by eating without caution, like we are gratifying our bodies for all of our efforts. Don’t be that way. Take the time to mind what goes into your system, because unhealthy eating can put more strain and stress on our bodies, even more than our busy and demanding jobs.
- Spend quality time with the ones that matter most to you. This includes friends, families and even colleagues at work. Some parents are so busy that they hardly get to spend time with their children. There is a balsamic effect that occurs in our bodies when we spend the time to interact with the ones that bring pleasure to our souls. Schedule those times to spend with loved ones, and make sure to attend and don’t go about cancelling on people.
- Avoid unnecessary emotional burnouts. Sometimes when we engage in emotional activities that only seem to seep away our strength, they could present us with more stressful situations than even our daily hustle. If you envisage situations that may enrage your adrenaline, employ my STAt principle approach (see link to article here), and keep those hormones in check.
To wrap this up, after you have worked very hard, you deserve to treat yourself to some TLC. I do not subscribe to the saying that “life is short”, so I would say, life is a GIFT. And a gift is meant to be enjoyed, treasured and nurtured. While caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, never fail to treat yourself to some self-loving, because you truly deserve it. Go for it!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!