The beginning of every week is always tough. If you’re anything like me you’ll set high expectations for yourself the day before in hopes to make the best of the week. As productive and optimistic as this may sound, this becomes counterintuitive. Stress will begin to creep in as you begin to lose steam and you realize you can’t accomplish everything you set out to do. As a society, we tend to punish ourselves when we don’t meet our goals or take a break when we need to. However, as a society, we need to realize that we mustn’t punish ourselves when we listen to our body. It is imperative to take breaks and rewards ourselves for our overall health, well-being and sanity!
Here are 7 things we should NEVER feel guilty about. EVER:
Caffeine is scientifically proven to be good for us. We shouldn’t feel guilty for needing that cup of coffee in the morning. Don’t be afraid to add sugar and cream and whatever it is to suit your palette. Find your perfect cup. After all, you should enjoy your cup of joe. If coffee is your vice then don’t feel guilty for drinking it. Caffeine is proven to help jump start a person’s day by increasing their energy levels. Research shows that caffeine is rich in antioxidants, has the ability to speed up metabolism, and is associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sleep is necessary! It’s okay to feel tired or sleepy. That’s your body telling you that it lacks sleep or is in need of being recharged. It is perfectly normal to feel tired or sleepy at certain parts of the day. If you have to stop what you’re doing to take a 10-15 minute nap then allow yourself to. This by no means you’re failing if you have to put off some tasks for a few minutes. You’ll be better for it because you will be recharged in order to carry out any task.
- Taking a break
Time for yourself is a good thing! Just like sleep taking breaks recharges your mind and helps you refocus when you’ve been working hard. So take a walk or grab a cup of coffee because you might end up working more efficiently for it.
Okay now some of you may be thinking why I put exercise on here. To some people exercise is not fun and to others it is a necessity. I, myself, have felt guilty for not exercising some days and on others I have felt guilty for only exercising other days. If you have ever felt like this I am going to stop you right. We need to start focusing on the tasks that we did accomplish and stop focusing on the tasks we didn’t. Next time you feel your inner-self on the verge of punishing you for not doing something redirect your thoughts to the positives of that day. What did you do today? Any steps you take towards your goals is a step in the right direction.
- Chocolate or Ice Cream….pretty much anything delicious!
Allowing ourselves to indulge once in awhile (or a little every day) is perfectly normal and healthy. I believe everything is good in moderation. I also believe that food feeds and soothes a person’s soul. If your stomach is happy then you’re happy.
- Time with your family
Sometimes we can spend so much time working…working towards that career, working to pay rent, working to better your life. But we mustn’t forget the people that love us. Make time to spend quality time with your loved one because they will keep you grounded and sane when your world is crazy and upside down. Like that famous saying goes, “Life without love is no life at all.” –Leonardo DaVinci
7. Watching Television
My mom always told me that watching television relieves people of stress. I used to think it was a waste of time watching T.V. but now I realize that my mom is right. Television has the ability to transport people to different worlds. It allows them to be invested in something emotionally that is pleasing to them and that has nothing to do with their own lives. So, I say, it’s perfectly okay to watch television if that is what you enjoy.
These are only a few things that I believe most people feel guilty about. We have to realize that as long as we are doing our best each day then the rest does not matter as much. By being hard on ourselves for not accomplishing our goals when we said we were going to we cause more stress on our minds and bodies. We can go about our day in a healthy and self-loving way that is more beneficial to our minds, bodies and spirits by setting out to do our best each day and knowing that that is enough. And by recognizing what we have done and rewarding ourselves we create a more harmonious and happy life.