Self-Care Challenge (Day 80): Pressing the Pause Button

Last night, my husband and I decided to watch a movie. I’m not exactly sure what we were thinking because he had to be up at 4:30 a.m. to catch an early flight, and it was already well into the evening when we chose the 3-hour film. Needless to say, by the time we reached the halfway mark, we realized it hadn’t been a wise decision.

At that point, we had two options: 1) We could force ourselves to finish the movie, knowing that we would be starting the work-week without adequate sleep, or 2) We could press the pause button and finish the movie later.

We were tired, so option 1 was a no-brainer.

In today’s multi-tasking culture, it’s easy to forget that we have the ability to press the pause button. In fact, we would be wise to do it more often. When we try to do it all (often at the expense of proper self-care), we discover that we don’t really do it all that well.

I’m a morning person, and I know this because when I try to read or write late in the evening, the outcome is never as good as my morning work. The moment I feel my eyelids getting heavy is the moment I know I’m done. And if I don’t voluntarily press my pause button, I can be sure that I’ll spend the morning re-reading pages or fixing errors. I’ve come to understand my own limits, and when I honor those limits I accomplish more.

Pressing the pause button helps us create boundaries around our time and resources. It also protects us from unnecessary stress, and helps us better organize and prioritize our life.

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