The day’s almost over and as you begin to unwind, thoughts about your day will probably pass through your mind. Do you feel productive? Were you able to check things off of your to-do list or do you feel like there was just too much to do? Today I heard a report that mid-life women may be “the first generation …who don’t outlive their male counterparts by five to seven years” (ABC World News). The reason: stress which comes from the feeling of lack of time and creates feelings of guilt. Mid-life women are trying to think equally about their relationship, family, older parent, work and anything else that is important to them. As a result, they place themselves last and are not able to relieve the stress that all of their obligations cause.

So, tonight, I want to remind you, whether male or female, parent or not, single or couple to take time for yourself. If to do nothing, but close your eyes and take a couple deep breaths. It may start as just five minutes, then it turns into 15 and in time, you’ll have the 30 minutes necessary to go within and become centered again. As I’ve said before, you can’t be a help to anyone if you are not well yourself. Also, accept help. Even if it’s just at the grocery store and an employee asks if you need help out to your car. Suddenly, you’ll feel pampered by letting someone else put your groceries in the car. It’s a small gesture, but the benefit is great.

As you recap your day in your mind, take a minute to pat yourself on the back for doing one thing. Even if it’s just checking your email and reading this blog. You took time for you and I’m proud of  you. Now, inhale deeply, exhale slowly. You did it!