Give myself a break – of that kit kat bar, not quite.
Yesterday, I wrote about how I can overwork myself, and how I feed on productivity. I wrote that I allowed myself to take a nap, and I let myself enjoy it, instead of kicking myself for not getting something done.
My self-love action was in a similar realm as yesterday. Rest. Rest from work. With starting my own business and creating a new path for myself since I’ve graduated from college, I’ve been struggling with balance, self-scheduling, and relaxation.
I overwork myself, and not always in a productive way. I get this feeling that I constantly have to be doing something, finishing something, moving forward, but with that mentality, I digress. I stress myself out. I overwhelm myself. I disappoint myself. I become frustrated. I’ve learned that if I allow myself to take breaks, and if I allow myself to enjoy them, stress free, it makes me a happier, balanced person. If I schedule my work time right, and give myself breaks, it makes me more efficient, and it makes me enjoy life more.
So today, I worked a little, but very little. Today was my day of rest, and it was 98% guilt free, which is new for me. I usually worry or stress about not being productive, but with self-love in my mind, I just let myself enjoy myself, enjoy my time, and enjoy relaxtion. It felt great.
I went on a walk with my mom this morning. I felt great. I was walking faster than usual, and I had great energy. I started my day out on a positive note. I got to meet up with one of my friends for lunch and coffee, and afterwards we watched some season 4 Buffy, which I hadn’t sen in a while. I sat back and did some reading of Timothy Ferriss’, The 4-Hour Work Week (I love that book!). I cleaned up a little, and it wasn’t stressful, “I have to clean”, but it was relaxing, and I wanted to do it. I sat on my bed, tucked in, with my laptop by my side, watching Pretty Little Liars. One of my best friends told me about it recently. So I looked up the earliest episodes that I could find online, and watched season 1, episodes 7-9, and 10 is just right around the corner. 🙂
I allowed myself to enjoy myself, to enjoy my company, and to enjoy my time. That was an amazing gift I was able to give myself today. These past few days, since I’ve been writing about my self-love intentions, I’ve been happier. I’ve been more motivated with work, with life. I feel like I found my groove, and I can make anything happen.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.