Michelle Obama said that “we need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” I have always bristled at statements like this. It seems a little selfish, self-absorbed even. I find that there are a million things to do and at least fifty of them seem more pressing to me than me reading a chapter of my favorite book or sitting out on my back porch to watch my dog play. However, this year in pandemic has taught me, I may have been wrong.
Not entirely, but definitely somewhat wrong. Yet, there is something important about the time that I take to care of myself. The time that I take to tell myself that I matter, too. I have made a commitment to spend at least thirty minutes alone to take time for myself. In those thirty minutes, I do whatever feeds my soul. Whatever makes me feel loved. I find healing in these times. I find myself in these times. So whether it is reading or jogging or watching the sun dapple the leaves on the trees, take time to be with yourself. There is enough of you for you to share yourself with yourself, too. I promise there is. Do you want to learn more about the benefits of spending time alone? Click this link: www.talkspace.com/blog/benefits-alone-time/.
Intern Ali K.C. Bell