Why You Should Take Time for You

Life lately has gotten pretty intense around here. In case you haven't heard, we've been searching for a house this last month and that alone has been incredibly stressful. Thankfully, as I write this post, we're currently awaiting a counteroffer on the second property we've placed an offer on. 

Y'all, this is the most stressful, emotional thing I've ever done in my life. 

If you've ever placed an offer on a house, you know how exhilarating it can feel. One minute you're on a total high, pinning everything in sight on Pinterest, and constantly fidgeting as you await their answer. And then mere minutes after hearing you can either feel devastated (as I was last week after the first house fell through) or utterly excited because someone accepted your offer! 

It's intense y'all. 

But aside from house hunting, I've started my real estate school courses to become a licensed agent with my company, and my social calendar has totally filled up with fun parties, events, and time with those I love. 

But all of this can cause your life to get hectic and overcrowded with to-do lists and deadlines that suddenly you're left feeling emotionally and physically depleted. As you can imagine, that's not a good thing! That's why it's so critical to take time for you. 

Over the weekend I took a break from social media. I didn't post anything on Instagram (which is my preferred social media platform) for three days, nothing on Facebook or Twitter, and limited my time on Pinterest for obvious reasons (I can't get my hopes up on this house!). And you know what? It felt great to step back, shut down, and turn on to those around me. It's so important for your well being to shut down on social media and technology and instead focus on what's going on around you and be present. 

It felt freeing to not worry about catching something on Instastories (although I had to put the new Lisa Frank school supplies on there!) or worrying about losing followers because I wasn't posting. Guess what, I lost followers but that's ok. 

Instead of being sucked into this endless whirlpool of social media and our screens, or saying yes to every invitation you receive, take stock of your life and start saying no. It's so freeing! Use this time to focus on you. For me, I like to treat myself to a face and feet mask, paint my nails, and watch one of my favorite shows (right now it's The Office). During this time I don't worry about what's going on in the world. My whole world is P and our dog sitting beside me and watching something together. 

If you don't take time for you, you could start to feel overwhelmed, burnt out, or even worse, it could start causing adverse consequences to your health. I know earlier this month, I wasn't exercising as much, getting enough sleep, and although I was still eating healthy, I felt awful. My skin went crazy, I constantly felt bloated, and no matter how much coffee I drank, I was still half asleep even by 1 or 2 in the afternoon. 

By taking time for me by exercising regularly and treating my body to home spa sessions, I don't feel as crummy and I'm able to function better, both in life and at work. 

It may seem tempting to say yes to everything that life throws at you, but remember, take time for yourself. That hip party being thrown by a store will inevitably be thrown again and instead take that time to focus on you and your needs. 

Are you guilty of not taking time out for yourself? I'd love to hear in the comments what you do to relax and focus on you!