Lately, I’ve been feeling kind of off. Nothing terrible, but I think it’s just one of those mini-funks that come with the changing of seasons. I have my health and my family and my friends… and, frankly, that is a lot to be thankful for. When I find myself feeling like my head is about to bob under the water, I remind myself of how full my cup is.
On particularly rough days, once I’ve accounted for everything I’ve been blessed with, I remind myself to just kind of slow down. To take a step back. To regain perspective. And to give myself some space for myself.
Sometimes I feel guilty about carving out that “me time.” I either feel like I have something that I should be doing… or maybe I feel like I don’t deserve it that day… or… I could honestly come up with forty different excuses why I shouldn’t. But I really must make time for myself in order to do my jobs correctly and to the best of my ability. I need personal space so I can open up with my friends and family. I am much better after taking time for myself and as a result, which helps everyone else. (No one wants to deal with a cranky, stressed out Carly!)
Taking time for myself is always a little bit of an indulgence and it comes in different packages depending on how I’m feeling and what the circumstances are.
A few of my favorite indulgences:
Coming home from work and slipping into pajamas for a quick cat nap.
Sitting in a café by myself with a book.
Watching a few episodes (in a row) of a show on Netflix.
Doughnuts, ice cream, or macarons.
Window shopping for things I will never buy.
Picking out (yet another) bottle of nail polish.
Eating (only) chips and guacamole for dinner.
Watching as many movie trailers as I have the time for in iTunes.
Throwing in the towel on my to-do list and going to the movies.
Getting my hair blown out at The Dry Bar.
What are some of your favorite indulgences?