“You can’t pour into all the areas of your life if your own cup is empty.”
In the last few weeks, I have seen images with messages similar to this pop up quite a bit on FaceBook. Since this message resonates with me as of late, it got me thinking…
With the busyness of everyday life and demanding schedules, we all need to find time every so often to withdraw and recharge our minds, bodies and souls. It is important to pay attention to our wants and needs, and it’s okay to be self-focused and put ourselves before others so that we can be our best selves.
Lately, it seems that most friends and family I talk to are being pulled in a thousand different directions and have little time to tend to the level of their ‘cups’. There is no doubt that life, no matter how you are living it, is demanding and stressful. It seems we spend every waking hour dedicated to getting something accomplished or marked off of life’s to-do list. Yet, often it is taking time for ourselves that either doesn’t make the list or keeps getting pushed down to the bottom of the list.
We all have our ‘life has become overwhelming’ limits. Some of us need the downtime on a daily basis due to challenging, stressful jobs or life situations. Others may need to recharge a few times a week or a few times a month. For some recharging means a daily workout. For others, it may mean spending time alone in a quiet room reading a book or enjoying some focused quality family time. Maybe you recharge by immersing yourself in a crowd for a fun night out on the town. We all have different thresholds for when life drains us to our limits, and we all have varying ways to recharge our minds, bodies, and souls. The important thing is to make yourself the priority and carve out that time to dedicate to filling your own cup.
I’m one of those that needs time alone in a quiet space. How do you recharge?
– Joanna Heilig
Joanna is an expert in moving two small children and two adults into a new build home and all the joys* such an adventure brings. She can DIY almost anything and is a freelance editor. You can reach her here.
*tears, yelling and tantrums…mostly from the adults