Published on February 28th, 2017 | by Grinds4Gamers0
Taking Time for YOU!
Gamers! I’m back! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus for the past 7 or so months. Well, I decided to take a dive into some professional aspirations I’ve had for quite some time. I’m proud to say that my endeavors were successful and I’m back with a vengeance – bigger, stronger, healthier and definitely smarter. It is nice to be back.
I wanted to take a few moments to impart some insight I’ve been thinking about for months – Taking time for yourself. Most of the people reading this are busy people. Work, family, professional commitments and the like can wrangle your time. Although those things are inherently important, you will never be at your best to perform those commitments unless you are content with yourself. As simple as it may seem, taking time for yourself – even a few minutes a day – can be incredibly beneficial.
Pick your poison. What puts you in your happy place? Is it video games, cooking, yoga, meditation, exercise or reading? Whatever it might be, schedule time into your day (or week) where you can unwind, uninterrupted while doing YOUR thing. Of course, if you have a spouse and children, you may need to reciprocate the gesture for your spouse.. If you can squeeze in an hour, thirty minutes or even fifteen of your chosen activity, it truly helps to refresh your mind. You can then return your focus to important things like trying to figure out that Common Core word problem for your youngling.
For me, without a doubt, my release is fitness. My wife has been amazing at giving me that time each day and I am inherently thankful to her. As a creature of habit, if I don’t work out, I get grumpy. I actually feel quite guilty if I am not doing something to move my blood each day. So with a little give-and-take, she gives me my time and I give her hers. We are both able to come back on task relatively quickly to handle our day-to-day duties.
Taking this time to develop yourself certainly doesn’t stop with just a daily regimen. If there is something you’ve been dreaming of doing that may precipitate a major life change, or goal, get after it! Now obviously you may be restricted by monetary issues or time issues in fulfilling your goals, but take it one step at a time. Make more realistic goals in the short-term, for example: Each day, do one task to get you closer to your long term goal. If your long term goal is to finish your degree, take online classes, one at a time. Taking smaller bites of your big goals will eventually lead to greater successes and a full belly.
The bottom line is: Don’t give up on what makes you happy. Only YOU have the power to make time for what your heart desires. No excuses. You only have one shot at life. Leave your mark. Make it count.