Making Time To Heal

Time to Heal - Mind and Spirit

Healing takes time, but you have to give it time.

If you are reading this, chances are that you have been there. In fact you’ve probably been there multiple times. That yearning to heal.

It feels difficult. After all, we have more than just ‘us’ to think about. We have responsibilities at work, and taking time off can be hard. There is also the fact that we are sisters, mothers, friends or aunties and more. We are constantly thinking about what we need to do, what we ought to do, and what we should do for others. So, when we are confronted by pain, heartbreak, sickness, trauma or mental illness, we push ourselves to get back into the routine of life. We feel bound by responsibility.

Getting back into the routine of life sometimes makes us feel better too. It provides a sense of comfort and relief that we can ‘still do it’ while also providing a distraction to the turmoil going on inside.

It seems like a good idea – temporarily – but how many times can we really do this before it wears us down?

That experience that you pushed aside in order to ‘get things done’ or ‘move on’ is still there. Those moments of silence sitting on your own will surely confirm that.

To make healthy or whole; to restore to health

If to ‘heal’ means to make healthy or whole, to restore to health, then you need to FEEL whole, you need to FEEL restored.

You will not properly heal if you don’t give yourself time to do so. Healing takes time, but you have to give it time.

So, when was the last time you gave yourself time to heal? I mean real time out, just for you.

The mistake you are making is that it’s not about the AMOUNT of time. It’s about QUALITY solo time.

Don’t say “I don’t have time”. This is important. It’s about you, your physical and mental health. Make the time.

The mistake you are making is that it’s not about the AMOUNT of time. It’s about QUALITY solo time.

If you were on a solo holiday today, what would you be doing? Take a piece of paper and write a list of real, achievable things you would love to do.

Would you read a book on the couch? Go for gentle walks? Get creative with a craft project? Lie on the beach? Would you meditate or pray? Would you go to a museum? Would you take a really long warm shower or spoil yourself with a manicure?

Cancel your other plans, finish work early, organise a play date for your children. Pick an item from your list, and do it.

This is about spending time with YOU. It’s about remembering who you are. It’s about seeing beauty around you, and experiencing fulfillment again.

Give the gift of quality time to yourself, and feel the self love so that healing can start on the inside. 

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