What is the importance of "me time" and how can we achieve it?
How, when we have such a busy lifestyle, can we make time to put ourselves first?
Find out in this article what you can do in order to create "me time" which will help you relax, de-stress and clear your mind of daily stresses.
It is important that we reward our hard work with a treat and not feel guilty about it. However, for most of us we may be thinking "How can I enjoy 'me time' when my life is so busy", so this is about prioritising your daily activities and finding somewhere to make the time for you, and only you.
Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed with the general stresses of daily life, but sometimes we may feel so overwhelmed or completely burnt-out that it's time to take action, step back and re-assess.
Having this mind-set, and allowing yourself to decide when to step back will not only improve your state of mind, but it will improve your work performance and relationships around you.
But I simply don't have the time?
This is possibly the most common barrier for anyone not taking time out for themselves and there are many good reasons why we don't have time. This could be due to being a full-time parent, work commitments, studying and so on.
Alternatively, if we don't have that support available, then it may be a good idea to make do with what we have available. If you are a full-time parent, get involved with some local groups through social networking, nurseries and schools who can help arrange activities with the children and families and network so you can meet fellow people looking for "me time" who you can do swaps with.
However, "me time" doesn't necessarily always mean being on your own as you can still unwind with family and friends if that's what you enjoy, as long as you remove yourself from any situations which cause stress.
Prioritising yourself as 'part of the day' - Diarise
If going to work, shopping and hitting the gym is 'part of your day', then ensure that you allow some time for yourself also. Put it in your diary, every week, for months at a time, and stick to it, afterall, you are making an appointment with someone who really needs it.
If you can allocate 3 times a week for "me time" then you can fine-tune your daily life and fit in a 30 to 60 minute session doing something you enjoy, like reading or listening to music or spending time on our own with nature just relaxing, thus enabling you to include healthy, yet vital past-times, as a part of your reality.
Waking up just that little bit earlier, or cutting 10 minutes from certain activities here and there to make up your free time to fit into your schedule is perfect. Although if you are going to do this, its best to stick to it and make it just as important as other life necessities - you will get used to it and it will become normal for you, and then you will wonder why you hadn't done it sooner.
So start putting yourself first for once. You are the one in control of your life and by taking this little extra time in your day, you can really make a difference to your attitude, mood and improve your existing relationships.
So what do you think about spending time on your own? Do you prefer to spend time alone or do you prefer to spend your time with friends and family? What steps have you taken or what activities do you do to help unwind? Let us know your thoughts.