It's important to take time out for yourself in life. Sometimes we feel like we can't do this because there are just too many things to get done. Sometimes just stopping to breathe can feel like it takes up too much time in our day. As it turns out breathing is not only super important but also can be accomplished literally in only a matter of seconds. And while it is important not to shirk your responsibilities, taking a little pause for yourself can often give you that extra little boost of strength/courage/energy that you needed to tackle all of the tasks in your life. As an added bonus, once you’ve accomplished all of the “little” things, and then you'll have more strength/energy/courage to tackle the big things. Stopping to take time for yourself can be very grounding, helping to clear your mind and accurately prioritize your to-do list. You may even find that not everything on your to-do list is even necessarily worth doing. Taking a moment to breathe can help you reevaluate the way you spend the precious time that makes up your day. Massage is a great way to take time out for yourself and do some deep breathing. Not only is massage super beneficial for your physical and psychological well-being, but the reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) that you get from a massage can actually aid in your productivity and lighten your workload (source) And what's more, because massage sessions are scheduled in advance and limited to a predetermined amount of time, they are an indulgence that won't wreck your schedule.
So, next time you feel overwhelmed by all the little things on your to-do list (or even the big things) consider taking some time out for yourself first. It may be just what you need to help you seize the day.