You may or may not have noticed my absence from the blogging/social media world for the past couple of months. At first I didn't mean to take a hiatus from the blogging and social media world but then I decided that I needed to conscientiously step back from this world in order to take time for myself.
As you may or may not have known, a year ago I walked down the aisle and got to marry my best friend. I decided to take this past year to deepen and strengthen our relationship as husband and wife as we started our first year of marriage. Now many people may think that you don't need to take time off to be able to do this but I wanted to be able to give my whole self when spending time together. I didn't want to live behind the screen of a computer or behind the lens of a camera making sure I got the perfect picture for social media. I wanted to be able to fully commit to my husband and build a stronger relationship together when we were together. This past year was a crazy busy year at work and the last thing I wanted to be doing was spending the extra time I did have hiding behind a computer screen.
Don't get me wrong, I love this SLP community and loving sharing/gaining ideas from all these amazing people but the one thing I think we often forget is that we need to take time for ourselves and there is no reason to be ashamed about that. It is so easy to get so wrapped up in social media that we forget to live the life in front of us. Now this just doesn't apply if you have gone through or are going through a significant life event. It is important to take time for yourself regardless!
My advice to new SLPs or those that have just graduated is to always remember to take time for yourself. Don't lose yourself in your work because you'll begin to resent the reason why you started this journey in the first place. The last thing you want to lose is your passion for why you got started in this field in the first place.
In a field where we spend so much time helping others, we often forget to take time for ourselves to help rejuvenate our minds. It is difficult to help others when you are not your best self. I encourage you to don't let work consume you, as hard as this is. I know the feeling! There are often times when I want to take work home but I know that work will always be there.
Keep pursuing a long time hobby or start a new one! Doing something you love often, other than work, feeds the mind and the soul allowing yourself to be in the best mental state for work. It is important to take time to nurture your mind and soul whether that be through meditation/yoga, picking up a good book, your favorite sport, or for me crafting. I LOVE crafting and have made an effort to allow myself to feed the creative side of my brain through numerous craft projects this past year.
What is your favorite way to take time for yourself or relax?