Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness- taking a time-out

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When was the last time you took time out for yourself? Now, when was the last time you took some time out and didn’t feel guilty?

If you are a woman reading this, I bet there are 2 “voices” in your head right now shouting loudly, ” I have to stop reading this and go do the laundry” or “fix dinner.” If you’re a man, your “voices” are shouting “Go mow the lawn” or “Time to write out the bills.”

We all have responsibilities and obligations now, more than ever. We often put the family and job first and then wonder why we are so tired at the end of the day. The cell phone and internet (social media) were designed to make our lives easier but now have become necessities. We have to post that picture or call back so and so. Our crafting time even becomes an issue. We feel guilty taking time away from our family. Instead of creating a get well card for a neighbor we should be baking cookies for a Church fair.

What’s the answer? My husband has a sign which reads ” Do more of what makes you happy.” I know you are wondering, how and when? So, I have some suggestions. First, give yourself permission to do something nice for yourself, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Start small. Start with 5 minutes just to be alone with your thoughts. Say you’re at your computer. Go to your browser and click on images. Whatever is your passion (nature, animals, lighthouses, golf, airplanes) there’s a picture of it. There’s probably “an app for that” too but that’s for another day.  Next, call a friend and go out to eat. Take a walk at lunchtime instead of catching up on emails and eating at your desk. When you are out food shopping for your family, stop and buy some flowers. There’ll not only brighten your home but also your mood.

So, the next time you’re feeling tired or stressed out, put your care-giving on hold and take a ‘time out’ for yourself. Everyone wins, even you!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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