Like most people, I am constantly busy and rarely have time for myself. At least that’s what I told myself, but the truth was I just wasn’t making enough time for myself. Due to this, I always felt like I was losing control. I became so overstressed that I developed a second autoimmune disease, and my physical and mental health deteriorated. I decided that I had to make myself take time out of each day for me-time.
Making time for myself each day is actually one of the most beneficial things I have done. Doing things that are nurturing improved my relationship with myself. Better yet, ensuring that my me-time involved nourishing and taking care of my body, as well as my mental health, it left me feeling satisfied, proud and accomplished. I am also able to focus better, and I am not irritated as easily. If you’re looking to add some me-time into your routine, keep reading for a short guide on how to go about it.
Find a time that works for you.
And schedule it in your calendar, so you are less likely to forget. Personally, I take 30 minutes to an hour each weekday and several hours each weekend. I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to take time for myself. It’s important to make yourself the priority.
Don’t Feel Guilty.
Do not feel guilty about taking this time out of the day for yourself. Do not spend the whole time you have set aside for yourself thinking about all the other things you could be doing. Instead, let go of the anxious feelings you may be experiencing and try to fully enjoy it — the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Choose an Activity.
Choose a specific activity that you will do during your scheduled me-time. Whether it is watching a movie or a show, reading, taking a bath, listening to music, baking, doing a DIY project, yoga, a hobby, meditation, exercising, etc. If you have it planned before you do it, you are less likely to be unproductive or skip it completely.
Tune into You.
Try to ensure that what you are choosing to do nourishes your body and your mind. Your chosen activity should benefit your overall health.
Your scheduled me-time should be a time for you to return to a calmer state of mind, regain clarity and improve your concentration. Therefore, you are able to continue through the rest of your day with the most productivity as possible. Setting aside me-time is also a great time to rediscover yourself and become more aware of your goals – you might be surprised at what you learn and what you achieve.