One of the first things I usually teach my clients is the importance of having a daily practice. I believe that making the commitment to yourself to do something each and every day to nourish your soul is essential to personal growth. I know that many of you reading this are thinking "I don't have time to do this." Let me say to you... I don't believe that we can afford the luxury of not taking the time to care for ourselves.
We must learn to take care of ourselves first so that we can continue to do our jobs and take care of others. If you are still not convinced, think about this - when you are on a plane they tell you that in case of an emergency put your own oxygen mask on first before trying to help others. This is because if you pass out you will not be any good to anyone else. The same is true for everyday life... if you burn out then you won't be any good to those around you. So, if you don't already have a daily practice, please give it a try and start today.
A daily practice doesn't have to take much time. In fact, the most important part of this concept is the daily commitment, not the length of time. I think it is much better to commit to 2 minutes a day and be able to honor this commitment, then to try a 30 minute practice that you only do once in a while. When you honor your commitment to a daily practice you are sending a powerful message to yourself that you are valuable and important.
I suggest you start very small and pick something that is easy and only takes a minute or two. What you decide to do in this time is not as important as your intention. Be sure to do this practice with the intention of nurturing your soul and honoring yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started: do deep breathing exercises, write in a gratitude journal, read an inspirational book, focus on an affirmation, listen to music, gaze at your favorite work of art, etc.
If you do this daily practice with reverence and with the intention of honoring yourself, you will notice some positive changes. If you have never done a daily practice before, I challenge you to start today and make a commitment to doing this every day for one month. Everyone can spare a few minutes a day to give this a try. After one month, evaluate your experience. Did you notice anything new... any changes? Let me know what you experienced.