Today’s blog post centers around the quotation that I have hanging in my classroom: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”. I’ve decided to make this my self-improvement mantra for the new year, because it rings true in every aspect of my life, and I think it will ring true in yours as well.
I first heard something along these lines in a fitness class I took over the summer. Toward the end of the session, the instructor was talking about that burn we feel when we work out and the mental blocks we sometimes set up for ourselves that tell us we can’t go any further. It’s during this short window of time that we make our greatest progress. She said that if we didn’t feel that burn, if we didn’t face that challenge, we wouldn’t experience a change in our bodies.
That message really stuck with me, and when I found this quotation at Home Goods, I had to get it. It spoke to me about the challenges we face every day: trying to strike a balance in our home life with our families, our careers, and finding time for ourselves.
That last category is the kicker. How do we make time for ourselves when we have so many other things going on?
It’s time to make ourselves the priority. I challenge you to spend a few minutes each day doing something for you. Whether it’s first thing in the morning before everyone else is awake, during your lunch break, on your way home from work, or in the last a few minutes before bed, make the time to do something you enjoy.
Try to avoid passive things (like taking a nap), because you won’t feel present or be fulfilled afterward. Instead, read an article that makes you smile, take a walk outside, meet up with a friend for mani-pedis, or take a bath.
You will be amazed what a few minutes of you-time can do for your outlook and relationships with those around you. You will appreciate them more, because you’ve had the time to appreciate yourself. If you don’t make yourself the priority, who will? Change starts with you.
Take the challenge for one week, one month, however long it takes to make it a routine–then let me know what comes of it. I’d love to hear your story!