It can be hard to take time for ourselves.

We all have so many demands on our time.

So many things we want to do.

People all around us are asking for our attention.

Sometimes all we want to do is close the door and just be by ourselves.

Yet it seems harder and harder to just do that.

Having space in our lives for ourselves is essential for our well being.

Though it tends to be the last thing we actually make a priority.

Maybe we have aging parents to take care of.

Or children that desire our constant attention.

Even our dog wants us to play with her all the time.

So where is the time for ourselves?

Life can become too full for us.

Full of commitments to family, jobs, or businesses.

So we forget about the most important commitment of all.

The commitment to ourselves.

To honor our own needs.

And fill up our own cup.

We easily forget that when we don't take care of our own needs we make it harder to handle our commitment to others.

With so many people relying on us for one thing or another, we don't want to let any of them down.

So we let ourselves down instead.

This is exactly what gets us in trouble.

For when we deny and neglect our own needs, we are bound to not be able to live up to all our other commitments.

Giving ourselves space and time to just breathe can be huge for us.

Especially when we have so much going on in our lives.

We need time to process, to feel, and to reflect.

And when we do we just might find that we don't really want to do all the things we are doing.

The space we give ourselves might just be what we need to see everything more clearly.

To see exactly what we are doing and what we no longer wish to do.

Without taking the time to sit back and take a moment, we cannot gain a new perspective.

Taking time to just be with ourselves is the most productive thing we can do.

As it gives us a chance to feel what we are really feeling.

Instead of numbly going from one task to another.

Is that not a better way to live?

Can you give yourself a chance to just sit and breathe and be with yourself?

If you do, what new perspectives can you cultivate?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour