You might think hobbies and rituals are frivolous. Who has time to paint or take a yoga class or sip a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise when there are kids and careers and bills to pay?
However, I believe the hobbies and rituals that you love feed your soul. They should be protected. Often, our hobbies and small, daily rituals like journaling, meditating or reading an inspiring book are the first things to be sent to the back burner when life gets hectic. But if you value yourself and care about feeling your best, you realize that skipping the activities that nurture your spirit is a sacrifice that is not worth making. In fact, the busier you are, the more important those soul-fueling activities are.
When you make time for hobbies, you tap into positive emotions and give your mind and body a break from the stresses of daily life. When you protect your daily rituals like having a few quiet moments before the kids get up or walking the dog by yourself, you experience a sense of peace you can take into the rest of your day.
If you care about yourself, then nurture yourself.
This will set you up to address your busy life feeling restored and able to give the best of yourself to the rest of the world.