I recently had a fist bump kind of week. In this age where everything is being rated, a fist bump is a much better marker in my book, than the standard scale of 1 to 10.  So…how happy or frustrated are you?

Sometimes, in the middle of all of life’s storms, you have to consciously pull yourself out of the whirlwind in order to appreciate the other parts of life.

During the winter, it is all too easy to become sad in a season of happiness. People can feel lonely in the midst of bustling parties and other types of get-togethers.

Take a Time Out

My fist bump week was a remarkable source of renewal for my mind, my body, and my ability to deal with the “real world,” once it was over.

When you take time to take care of yourself first, there may be an inclination to postpone for a mythical better time. But no time is ever more opportune than the present.

Case in point: think of all the times you postponed doing something good for yourself. Doesn’t it simply become easier and easier to say no to your needs yet again?

Next thing you know, you can’t remember the exact time you actually did do something good for yourself.

Why You Need It

Signs that life can be tough are all too easy to find, especially if you have a moderate to large social network.

  • Someone is mourning.
  • Another is celebrating.
  • A few are stuck in a rut.
  • Meanwhile someone else is riding the momentum of a good groove.
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Fist Bump Checklist

If you’re new to the ritual of taking care of yourself, be prepared to feel flooded with guilt. After all, there are countless people and things which need your attention.

Heck, your to-do list might even suffer, but it’s only temporary.

Never forget that your health, in all its dimensions, is paramount for a good life. You need to nurture and replenish yourself, or someday you will really have no choice.

Perhaps you can let go of one responsibility. Or, take a sabbatical from one of the myriad groups with which you’re associated.

Make taking care of yourself a priority. Inject some fun in your life, and take someone along for the ride.

Then celebrate with a fist bump.