How often do you find yourself saying any of these phrases?
- I am so busy.
- I do not have a moment’s peace.
- I wish I had 25 hours instead of 24 hours in my day.
- If I only had a bit of time for myself.
Sometimes life feels like one great big giant to-do list that never seems to end. You have an endless amount of work to finish, kids to take care of, husbands to tend to, house work to finish, meals to fix, church to attend, volunteer commitments to complete. There never seems to be enough time for anything, much less, any time for yourself.
The demands of life can make finding some time for yourself a huge challenge. “ME Time” is just a period of time spent relaxing and doing what you want to do as opposed to working or doing things for others. As women, we often feel guilty if we try to take a few moments for ourselves. Taking time for yourself is vital to both your mental and physical health. Just like a car needs a regular tune up to stay in tip top shape, so do we.
6 benefits of taking some “ME Time”:
- You will sleep better. Who wouldn’t love more sleep? I know I would! When you mind has had time to shut down, it is easier to relax at bedtime fall asleep more quickly.
- You will make better decisions. With a clear mind, you will not feel so rushed to make decisions and often a rushed decision isn’t the best decision.
- You will actually enjoy your own company. By taking the time to do a few of the things that you enjoy, you will begin to look forward to your time alone.
- Your productivity will increase. You are able to better focus on the tasks that you are trying to complete when your mind isn’t racing.
- Your relationships will improve. The more relaxed that you are, the easier it is to get along with those around you.
- You will be a better help to other. You can’t help others until you help yourself first.
6 ways to get some much needed “ME Time” in your life:
- Disconnect your social media. Turn off the phone and internet after a certain time of the day and give your body time to turn off and not be constantly stimulated.
- Get up 15 minutes early. This may seem crazy but it actually works. By getting up earlier, you will be able to carve out a few quite moments to read, pray, or just organize things for the day.
- Actually take a lunch break. Do not run your errands during your lunch. Take a walk or read for pleasure. This will allow you to discount for a few minutes and break away from the craziness at work.
- Learn to use the crock pot. I love our crock pot. You can just toss healthy ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and when you come home from work, the meal is done and ready to go. Your family will love it.
- Schedule regular “Me Time” on your monthly calendar. Having the time scheduled on your calendar will actually cause you to plan and schedule it and then, stick with it.
- Delegate jobs/chores. This is a difficult for some folks and it was for me at one point in my life. However, letting (or making) others do chores such as vacuuming can save you a lot of time that you can use to focus on yourself. You may want to invest in things like wet/dry & shop vacuums – bissell.com – bissell.com that do most of the work themselves to make sure that they can’t mess up the chores that much. Just to be up front, your husband and kids will not do the chores as well as you do. The dishes will not be perfect and there will probably still be some dust around the house. But guess what, there will be new dishes and new dust next week and the week after that. It is OK that the chores are not done perfectly–just let it go and find go some time for yourself!
When we take the time to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves, we can definitely get things done more quickly and efficiently and perhaps, even get a few more miles out of our engines! What are some things you do to make some “Me Time” for yourself? Please share your tips in the comment section below.