You can’t pour from an empty cup!

I saw this quote on social media last week and> it really resonated with me. And I think it highlights how important it is to look after yourself. Recently I have had a lot going on in my personal life.  Which I will save for a future post. But I have definitely been letting things get on top of me.  I am not spending enough time focusing in on me and> that needs to change.

I am always one for agreeing to do things for others, and> taking on all the responsibility. Being a bit of a control freak I like everything done my way.  With my job as well I give a lot of energy to my clients, and> often over exert myself.  But how can I give my best to my job, my family or my friends if I am suffering. Whilst I know that the next few months are going to be pretty hectic for me I want to make sure I am looking after myself.  And therefore able to give my best to everything.

Look after yourself - WorkLet’s get organised!

For me the biggest help is going to be getting organised.  A lot of what I have on I can’t change, but I can plan my time better. Being self-employed and> working flexible hours can be a godsend but it can mean time just passes you by.  I need to work out what I need to do and> when I need to do it by.  I can then focus on high priority tasks first. But ensure I allocate time to everything I have to do.  I am not super woman (as much as I wish I was) so I can’t do everything all at the same time.  But I can make sure I get everything done.

I also need to relax a little and> accept help and> assistance.  And not try to take on everything all by myself.  I need to trust that others can do the job properly.  They may not do it the same way I would but if we both get to the same result then that’s all that matters.

Get back to healthy!

Another area that has slipped recently has been my training and> eating.  I am finding it not only hard to find the time but when I do have the time I have no motivation.  Whilst I know training will make me feel better I am in a bit of a slump.  So initially I am just going to focus on 20 minute workouts 3-4 times a week, and> make sure I do something at the weekends as well.  It is so easy to forget how good it makes you feel, and> instead you focus on how easy it is to skip. Even Personal Trainers struggle sometimes.

Look after yourself - WalkingMaking time for You!

Most importantly in all of this, I will be making more time for me.  A small pamper session, a coffee with friends or even just a 20 minute stroll in the sun.  I will make sure I take some time out.  Sometimes it’s all you need to feel revitalised.  When I get stuck in a rut or am so busy I end up spending my time procrastinating. Siting on the sofa staring mindlessly at the TV or social media, it is a complete waste of my time.  I feel guilty for not working on something, and> it becomes a vicious cycle.

Hopefully by taking the time to get myself organised and> focusing more on me and> my health, I can get through the next few months with as little stress as possible.

What are your top tips for dealing with stressful situations and> looking after yourself?