Time for Self-Care
When you find yourself saying, "I don't have time" to rest or take care of yourself, I invite you to reconsider.
Would you make time to answer the call of a friend in distress?
Would you find time to take care of your injured pet?
Would you create time to nurse your sick child?
Would you make time to help a family member in trouble?
Would you set aside time to assist your partner with an unexpected injury?
Consider that your own self-care is no different: You happen to be the one in need right now. It is not a matter of time, but a matter of priority.
Work and family would find a way to make it without you if you were in one of the situations above. I guarantee they can function if you take time once a week to go to your kick-boxing/improv/pottery-making class, read a book, or take a walk in the park. To create space for self-care, you may need to make a request of someone...but if it will help you stay rejuvenated and filled with joy, why not ask? You may be surprised by the answer.
You can choose to live in a perpetual state of stress and overwhelm, or you can choose to gift yourself some personal attention. A routine of loving yourself will allow you to show up more fully, function more creatively, and serve more graciously.
If you insist, "All that sounds nice, but I still don't have time"...you could probably use self-care the most. :)