It’s the tail end of the festive season, time to slowly but surely ease back into work and perhaps you’ve even started to switch the feasting for fasting and lolling about for morning walks.
By mid January the excuses to cram your trolley with chocolate, gooey cheese and salty chips are running out and it’s time for the kids to begrudgingly come down from their sugary high.
So imagine my delight when I found a golden wrapped gooey chocolaty sweet tucked away in the pantry just out of reach of little arms (well, little arms that aren’t secretly scaling the pantry shelves desperately searching for sweet things).
I looked it square in the wrapper and I asked myself if I could. What would happen if I did? How would I survive the guilt? What if someone found out (or saw me)?
In a bold and dangerous move I stopped to snap a selfie (damn social media addiction) and it was then I was busted. My son swooped but I was quicker, the wrapper was off and my teeth crunched through the biscuit layer to the divine middle goo.
He gave me ‘that’ look.
I gave him the other half.
And that pretty much sums up the attitude toward giving to myself that I do NOT intend to carry into 2015.
Let’s face it, if you’re working in the community sector it’s probably not for the big wads of cash that you’re stuffing your mattress with. Chances are it’s about other people, and making a difference to their lives.
But what about you?
Yeah I know, I’ve heard it all before. “Your life is privileged”, “You’re compelled to help others”, “You need to give back”, “You love your job”..
But here’s the thing.
Your energy levels are like a bank. And if you keep withdrawing without putting anything back nobody is going to send out a marching band.
You’re going to burn out.
You won’t notice at first because you’re invincible, right. But, one day you’ll start feeling tired, then you won’t care so much about people as you thought you did, then you’ll start getting narky with them, then…
Well, maybe not so serious but let’s get back to the point.
You matter too, take some time out for you, just you, I dare you. Tell the world about it and be proud, wear your ‘you time’ as a badge of honour, block it out as non negotiable in your diary and train those around you to give you just that little bit of space to recharge.
So, what are you going to do today for you?
Perhaps you also have one last chocolate lurking in your pantry,
Go on, I dare you
Oh, if you’re looking for something to keep you on the straight and narrow with your ‘you’ time in January it’s not too late to join our free Kickstart My New Year Facebook page. Just click HERE and ask to join. A task per day through January and you’ve already dodged the trickiest ones (though, you can start at the beginning if you like). Next week we move into action.
I think I’ll buy a box of chocolates and practice eating them in front of my kids, if I ever get to the stage of NOT crumbling and sharing I’ll know I’m ready for the next lesson. (disclaimer: no children were harmed in the making of this blog post)