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Take Time For Yourself And Be Happy

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ever have those weeks when it seems like all of your time is spoken for? When I was teaching, I can remember many days when I would work through lunch, attend an after school meeting, rush home, take my child to some activity, fix dinner and then rush off to something else (like grad school or exercise class) followed by hours of grading papers. I used to count the hours until the weekend (unless I was taking one of those weekend grad courses) so I could have some time to breathe. I was on the fast track to burn out!

Now that I'm older and hopefully a little wiser, I look back and say to myself, "What were you thinking?" The problem was, I wasn't thinking about anything but cramming as many things as I could into a set time frame. The busier I got the worse I felt. I stopped exercising because I injured myself. I filled that time with other things and then I no longer had the time to exercise. I gained weight as a result. I had been a normal weight all my life until I started putting myself at the bottom of the list. Then I became over weight, out of shape and burned out. For what? Did working like a slave make me a better teacher? Maybe, but I became an unhappy one within five years of stopping my exercise program. My problem was that I was no longer taking time for myself. I needed to have surgery but kept putting it off until I had trouble walking. Then, when I could no longer function, I took care of it. By that time some of the damage to my knees couldn't be repaired by anything other than knee replacements. It just wasn't worth the price I paid!

Now that I've retired on a disability from teaching, I can see what I couldn't see before. Taking time for yourself daily is important. Building exercise into your daily schedule is important. Paying attention to your body's needs is important. You can't give to others without first making sure that your body is in top working condition. Build some breathing room and exercise into your schedule. Last of all, strive be happy. Take some time to dream, relax and love. You'll be a happier, more productive person if you do.
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    Thanks for sharing. We all need those reminders.
    3609 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your 20/20 hindsight with me... I teach and it seems that although I was never as busy as you were, I spend so much time, like at least one day every weekend etc. at the school. But this year, well since Jan. anyway, I have been devoting a lot more time to SP and exercise so finally taking myself away from the bottom of the pile. Thanks for sharing and hopefully your words of wisdom can save someone else from a burnout or working themself beyond what is best for their health. I have only been teaching for 7 years, despite my age!! I was a secretary, bookkeeper, exec etc in my first careers and I did experience a burnout then, It certainly isn't worth it!
    3610 days ago
    Profound words, Cyndi!
    3610 days ago
    Very well said, Cyndi :)

    Now you've got me thinking about my knees... and I just had those fillings done, LOL
    3610 days ago
    I totally agree. Since taking time from the rat race, I can see so much what was contributing only negatives to my health and quality of life. Taking time to think about next steps and plan for a more realistic pace is such a luxury.
    3611 days ago
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    Retrospect is an awesome tool!!
    3613 days ago
    Wow, I think you just described my past life. This is common in today's world. Thanks for putting it so clearly for others to be warned. God bless you and good luck with your journey back to good health!
    3613 days ago
    Age adds an awesome perspective to life. My life use to revolve around my job. NOW my job revolves around my life, at least most of the time. When I realize that my job is taking over, I start saying "no."

    I enjoy our team walks at Circle B, you're a great Team Leader, thanks.
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    3613 days ago
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