This is the last blog on this series. I wanted to touch on how to avoid burnt out. I know the stresses of this fast world and everyday life gets to me and I can get burnt out very easy if I don’t take care of “me” first. I have no doubt others get burnt out as well.
I would like to share the way I avoid getting burnt out. I learned years ago that it does not hurt anything or anyone to do something nice for myself. I went years of feeling guilty every time I did something for myself and if I spend money on myself I would feel bad that I was not spending it on the children. It took me years to get over that. It took me forcing myself to spend something on myself and fighting that voice in my head. I now do something for myself and take care of myself. As a wise friend taught me years ago, which was, you will not be any good to the children if you do not take care of yourself.
After that I started just that. Not everything we do for ourself, always have to mean spending money. When I feel wore out and need a break I will take a walk, watch a tv show, spend time doing something I enjoy doing. It is important for us, (especially parents) to take care of ourselves first. Taking time out to rest, relax, enjoy life in general helps one to be able to take care of everyday demands that are required of us.
Now I am able and not feel bad about treating myself to buy a cup of coffee once a week. Another thing that helps me is putting the children to bed at a reasonable hour and give myself time to wind down. A key is getting enough sleep, to take care of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
As everyone knows if a person does not get enough sleep everyone who encounters that individual can usually tell that possibly they did not receive enough sleep, due to the mood they are expressing. So if you can make time for yourself to do something you enjoy it helps to re-engerize and be able to face the crazy world we live in.
I hope you enjoyed this series. As I said in the beginning of the series, I’m just an ordinary person who wants to share my experiences and knowledge with others. After all knowledge is power and if we are open we can learn something everyday.