Oct 23, 2014

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When Everything is Full-Time, You Have Less Me-time

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Our lives are so full, fast and furious that even instant gratification can’t meet our changing needs.

In my close to 30 years of practicing self-help teachings, the biggest lesson I learned is that if I don’t take care of myself, I will surely derail and run into health issues.

Making “me-time” when everything is full-time is imperative–almost an obligation on my calendario. I learned a long time ago what stress can do and how it leaves its lingering mark for years to come. I saw my mother suffer from back spasms, sugar spikes, and emotional breakdowns because she didn’t know how else to manage hers and my father’s work situation, his drinking, and raising me.

Stress lives on my face in the form of breakouts, and really bad stress manifests itself in headaches, irritability, and inner kid stomach aches.

Balancing work, life, and family is one of this century’s challenges. It’s easy to book “we time” – brunches, dinners, get-togethers, meetings, and conference calls. But it’s a lot harder to pencil in some “me-time,” so here are a few easy things you can do to make sure you are your top priority, and not everyone around you.

Find that quiet time. If it means getting up 15 minutes before you familia does or giving up part of your TV routine at night, then do it! Find the absolute most quiet time in your home where no one will need you. Sit on the balcony, your backyard or by the window. Meditate, pray, read affirmations, or watch the clouds and birds pass by or listen to the tree leaves shimmy in the wind.

Take a mental break at work. Even if you tend to work through your lunch hour, make sure you take a break or two at some point during the day. Many companies have a quiet room. Use it. Take a walk outside and get some air. Connect with nature or watch dogs on their walks.

Book a massage. Find local deals and book a deep tissue massage to relieve tension. From the moment you walk in, you will feel your stress melt away.

Try yoga. Sign up for a class or buy a beginners DVD which offers an easy 15-20 minute morning and evening practice. You will be amazed at how renewed you will be.

When all else fails, take three deep breaths and feel the relief as you let go.

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Elizabeth Santeramo

Elizabeth Santeramo

Elizabeth most recently blogged on Healthline.com about caring for her father with COPD, who is now on oxygen. A self-help fan since the age of 15, she attributes its teachings to the many blessings in her life, namely, starting over with family and healing. Her work has appeared in several media outlets and she has been featured on English and Spanish TV and radio shows. She is currently writing a book for young adults. A NYC chica, she’s now a Jersey Girl. Her family is from Argentina, Italy, and Spain, so food and passion abound. ¡Si! @lizunga

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