13 Ways To Do Something For You

22/08/2016
do something for you

I started thinking about ways to do something for you when I read The Sydney Morning Herald recently and it had an article about Australia having the worst life/work balance  and it made me think about why you should do something for you and the importance of this.  The fact we don’t make time for it anymore.  Part of our reason for always wanting to move out of Sydney was partly due to this issue.

Everybody in Sydney (and lots of other parts of the world) work their guts out and that is great and we have a wonderful life to show for it, but how happy is it making us and how much time do we have for ourselves and our families?  We are working so hard to set ourselves and our families up that we don’t stop anymore to actually appreciate all this stuff that we have.

How do you find your work life balance?

Finding time to yourself is definitely a hard thing when you have a family and you work but if you aren’t happy and you don’t have time for you then the whole system falls down.  If either myself or my partner is miserable and not happy, the system doesn’t work.  The wheels slightly go off course and we realise we need to find that balance again.  As a mum, your priorities are always making sure your family is okay and that isn’t going to change.  But it is important to make sure that you are okay and have some down time to focus on what’s important to you.  I am lucky that I am married to someone who makes sure we both have that.  He gets his time but also makes sure that I get my time too whether that is a weekend away with my girlfriends, a quick drink (which lets face it never is), or going for a run to clear my head.  You come back better people, parents and partners.

Have a look at my list of why you should do something for you and how good it will make you feel afterwards.  I think you should try and achieve at least 1 item on this list this week because you deserve it.  You deserve to feel good about you, we all do.

My ways to do Something for you:

  1. Go for a walk and listen to great tunes that make you feel inspired, calm and happy.  Go on turn the volume up!
  2. Look at all the good things in your life and focus on them and what is important – sometimes we are so busy we don’t just take a quick peek at how lucky you are.  I go through my photos on my phone and am instantly reminded of everything that is amazing
  3. Get a good night’s rest – Did you know that you are at greater risk of cardiac issues when you don’t sleep well, along with lots of other issues.  Check this article out at the Sleep Foundationperson-1427040
  4. Organise a get together with friends – I know that if I feel down, I only have to catch up with some good mates to clear my head, get me feeling positive again.  That’s why they are your good mates.
  5. Stop comparing your life to other people’s – who cares what everyone else is doing.  Focus on what makes you happy, this isn’t their life it’s yours and if you are happy then don’t worry about the others!
  6. Eat well – I am very much looking forward to eating fish and chips every day when I reach my 80’s but now I feel best when I eat well.  Lots of veggies and salad with treats on the weekends.  If you eat shit, you feel shit.
  7. Just sit on the verandah or the beach or a park in the sunshine – Being in nature is a sure way to feel better about stuff.  Take in the beauty and breathe.
  8. Do something productive – What’s on your bucket list?  What is something you have meant to do for ages?  Set a goal to do it this week!
  9. Being available and present – Massive one for which I am definitely bad at.  I need to put the phone down and be more present.  One of my goals was to do this on my Sunday reflecting post.
  10. Tell your loved ones what they mean to you – We never do this enough.  It’s so easy to think everyone knows how you feel but it feels so damn good to hear it so say it again!
  11. Create a Vision board– Set some goals, create some vision, write it down, find pictures and make things happen.  Accomplishment feels amazing!
  12. Get rid of negative people in your life – Do a cull.  It’s hard but as you get older there are some friendships that are toxic and it isn’t worth it.  I’ve done it and it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders.  Life is way to short to be consumed by some people’s negative attitudes.
  13. A weekend just the two of you – If you are lucky enough like us to having amazing grandmas who would take the kids every weekend if you let them.  Do it, take a weekend for you and hubby.  It is so great to go back to how it was when it was just the 2 of you, to talk, just hang out and enjoy each other’s company again without being interrupted every 10 seconds.  Do it, it’s worth its weight in gold.

Let me know what are some things that you do for you so I can add them to my list.  We all deserve to have it because we are worth it and what we put in we get back.  Happy Thursday!

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply Erin Nichols 23/08/2016 at 1:13 am

    Excellent advice. For me, taking a long walk or jog is something that really gives me time to just be me and be happy. Sometimes between working from home, parenting, managing finances, etc., I get overwhelmed, and I really have to remind myself to take some time and relax, AND get a good night of sleep, which is rare for me.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 23/08/2016 at 7:21 am

      Yes! A good nights sleep is so important. I am the same, I work, study and parent so I am always up late! And it is so easy to get overwhelmed. Love the chaos but also love that down time. Thanks for sharing with me. 🙂

  • Reply Emily 23/08/2016 at 6:57 am

    These are great ideas to do something for yourself and find more balance. I just wish #4 was easier with everyone else’s work life balance, lol.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 23/08/2016 at 7:20 am

      I know what you mean! It is hard everyone having time and juggling it all. So good to take some time out, we all need it. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Reply Suzanne Hines 24/08/2016 at 3:16 am

    #3 is such good advice for me! I always find myself so much better after a good night’s rest!

  • Reply Tina @AMindfulFairytale 24/08/2016 at 4:49 am

    Love this post! Walking in nature and sitting in silence are my go-tos!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 24/08/2016 at 10:38 am

      Thank you! Nature is so good for making you relax or clear your headspace and yes silence is a good one too! 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Benavidez 24/08/2016 at 6:48 am

    Love this! Rest is key for me!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 24/08/2016 at 9:35 am

      Thank you and yes it is so important as it just makes things worse when you’re tired. 🙂

  • Reply Emma @Kids, Cash and Chaos 24/08/2016 at 1:16 pm

    My go to is ice cream. A big bowl at the end of the day while I take some time to myself on the couch. 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 24/08/2016 at 10:10 pm

      Oh yes! Absolutely! That sounds perfect. Taking time out with what you love is a definitely way to do something for you. Thanks for sharing, I think I need to make that part of my list too! 🙂

  • Reply Julia Groves 24/08/2016 at 3:09 pm

    Great list. I do a lot of these. Especially going for walks. They always help me feel better.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 24/08/2016 at 10:09 pm

      Oh good! Glad you get that time out that we all need to refocus and relax. Definitely being outside and with nature helps so much! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda 25/08/2016 at 12:31 am

    Great list!! I go on daily walks and it definitely helps me keep my sanity. As well as getting up early and having some time to do things for myself before the baby is up!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 25/08/2016 at 7:24 am

      Yes walking is so great. I agree sometimes that time in the morning before the kids get up is so nice. I try and have that time too!! 🙂

  • Reply Mamaguru 25/08/2016 at 12:45 am

    Great list! Exercise and meditation are my best forms of self care.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 25/08/2016 at 7:22 am

      Absolutely! Meditation is something I definitely don’t do enough of. I should definitely try and add that to my list to do more. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel 27/08/2016 at 4:44 pm

    Great tips Suzy. You’ve given me a good prod to do something just for me this afternoon! And I’ll share it on my Facebook page tomorrow.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 29/08/2016 at 7:34 am

      Oh good! Hope you do and have some lovely time out. Thanks for sharing and for reading. 🙂

  • Reply Kristin F. 28/08/2016 at 1:48 am

    Love this!! If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 29/08/2016 at 7:34 am

      That is so true. Definitely need to look after yourself. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Reply Grace 30/08/2016 at 4:46 am

    Great article! Amazing that no matter where you are in the world, parents still share the same issues. Being more present is definitely one that I could do with taking note of!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 30/08/2016 at 7:23 am

      I know! It is a lovely and crazy thing that we all share the same things and hopefully, that is what brings us together. Yes, I think we all struggle with that too! Thanks for reading and sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine 01/09/2016 at 7:48 am

    Great list! I listen to music while I shower. I turn on a Pandora station really loud so I can hear it over the water. I usually only get 2 songs, but those are 2 songs that aren’t Cinderella and Raffi. Success!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 01/09/2016 at 9:53 am

      Oh that is such a good idea! Music always makes me feel good too and that is a perfect way to relax. Definite success! Thanks for sharing your tips! 🙂

  • Reply Julia Groves 07/09/2016 at 2:51 am

    Great suggestions. I especially love going for walks.

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