Hi I’m back. Did you miss me? What do you mean you didn’t even notice I wasn’t here. I took some me time. I traveled, I read, I laughed and I walked, boy did I walk. I had a great time, yes I did some work but that was all part of it. In the main I had a week of me time. Time to unwind, time to relax, time to think and time to please myself. Taking me time is very important. It allows you to get your head together, it allows the body to unwind it allows you to catch up.
Now to have me time you don’t need to go abroad, you actually don’t even have to leave your home.
I bet you think that there is never enough time for doing the things you want to do? Want to get off the daily treadmill of never ending TO DO’s, jobs and family ‘stuff’ always cropping up?
ME TIME isn’t something to just be dreamed about. It’s not a pie in the sky idea only for the select few that don’t have any commitments.
And it’s possible!
WHY TIME FOR YOURSELF IS IMPORTANT
I always try and make time for me in every day now – sounds selfish?
I used to think that it was, but it really and truly isn’t – and it was actually a lovely colleague who said something that stuck with me and changed how I thought about it….
He pointed out that if I am not functioning well and am happy, then the rest of the family and house suffers directly as a result. I simply don’t function as well, or feel as happy, when I am burnt out and trying to do all things for all people. We all owe it to ourselves to make some time for ourselves, as it genuinely can make all those around you happier as a result.
BUT I DON’T DESERVE “ME TIME” … DO I?
We all have crazy lives, with work, children, hobbies, household jobs etc…. taking over our time, and headspace most days, but without setting aside personal time you will burn out far too quickly, and then be of no use to anyone…
What’s the point of that!
From personal experience I know how dangerous it can be to not balance your time, It’s not a good place to be as I am sure you can appreciate. Trying to do everything and please everyone all the time can really take its toll. EVERYONE deserves a little time to themselves each day – it’s not whether you deserve it – it’s whether you can afford NOT to…
So – we’ve worked out that you need some time to yourself, and that you deserve it and shouldn’t feel in any way guilty for taking it, so what type of thing can you do?
Here are some great Me Time ideas for inspiration – and remember – it doesn’t matter how small that time is, make it count:-
- Go for a walk – get out of the house if there’s lots going on, and distance yourself for a few minutes – the exercise will also be great for you and you will feel rejuvenated
- Take a bath – lock the door so you have no interruptions.
- Read a book or your favourite magazine.
- Take the afternoon off and go to the cinema.
- Get up 20 minutes earlier or go to bed 20 minutes earlier and do something that is just about you! Reading, fitness, learning a new skill etc…
- Book in me time into your diary as you would any other appointment – and don’t let yourself down by missing it. If you have children, why not give grandparents special time with them alone for a few hours one weekend, don’t wait for a special event that you specifically need them to babysit for, just do it!
- Get a babysitter even if you’ve not got an evening out planned. You could go for a long walk, sit in a cafe, go to the cinema etc… – and just enjoy time to yourself.
- Take some time to breathe, and perhaps meditate.
- Go technology free. Turn off your phone, don’t have any notifications pinging at you – and enjoy being silent!
- Record your favourite programme and make sure you spend time watching without interruptions.
- Pamper yourself (both men and women can do this)
- Why not look at your life plan (whether it’s a 5 year plan or a different time span) – see what you can start to really make headway towards by spending some quality time on it each week – this may be perfect for your me time (I personally like to DO things with me time, and feel more refreshed after doing such things – maybe you’re the same?…)
- Go shopping for a new outfit – or just window shopping – spending time working out what suits you and what looks fantastic will do you the world of good!
- If you work from home, think about having some me time during the day rather than waiting for the evening – it’s more likely to be done then, and you will feel refreshed afterwards – what about a trip to a coffee shop, lunch out, a run, a swim…
- If you have the cash, what about a spa break? If you don’t have spare money why not create a spa at home.
- Have a sleep! Honestly – sometimes it’s all I can do to keep my eyes open, and now and then I allow myself to take the nap I need. I feel SO good after even just 10 minutes – and get much more done as a result – so everyone’s a winner!
- Look at a gym class that you would love to do and SIGN UP – work out with your partner any childcare and stick to the appointment as you would anything else. You will feel refreshed and get fit at the same time! (and there’s always the coffee shop and a magazine for half an hour afterwards!).
- Do a project in your house that you’ve been wanting to do for ages. Painting some furniture, creating some artwork – whatever you love doing – just get it started!
- Adult colouring is really taking off at the moment – and takes very little time. You can even carry it around with you!
- Take time to catch up with a friend, via a phone call / walk / over dinner etc…
- Read my book ‘Can I change?’ Available from Amazon 🙂
In the words of Mr Nike. Just do it!
Whether that’s 5 minutes to do some colouring in (this is my promise!), or booking in a babysitter and filling your diary – It will be worth it!
Don’t wait until you have burned out to treat yourself to some time for you.
A happy person makes those around them happier – and if you create some time for yourself this will directly affect how happy you are.
So – use these Me Time ideas to decide on something that you will look forward to each day.
Have a great week