I barely have time for myself, and I mean dedicated alone time, not just the accidental time where you end up being alone. And I’ve never really thought about how important me time can be to your mental health. But as you might have gathered, this is the year of me. And I’ve been putting myself first for a couple months now, and now I need to dedicate time for myself.
So I’ve recently been exploring different ways to take time out for yourself, and I’ve found it is really simple. It doesn’t always have to be extreme, time-consuming difficult tasks. You can literally just dedicate half an hour to however long you want to and do something you enjoy, but by yourself. And if you schedule in this me time then you’ll be more likely to do it and get into some sort of routine. Honestly, don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself. As I like to say, you are numero uno, the most important thing to yourself. Which should mean your time and priorities come before others (unless they are your children or something v important).
1 // Practice yoga
As you might have realised, yoga is my shit. I’ve been doing it irregularly and I’m enjoying this tranquil feeling that I get once it is over. Literally having time to block out everyone (apart from the instructor) and just focus on completing the movements and my breathing. This means my brain is technically not focusing on anyone else and I can just focus on how I feel and my own thoughts. This time is very precious to me and I would really recommend giving yoga a try if you haven’t. You don’t have to do some crazy moves, as I can’t. I literally struggle with downward dog, my flexibility is horrendous. But it’s more the focus on the moves and breathing that are really going to benefit you.
2 // Read a book
This is sooo good for your mind. We spend so much time staring at screens nowadays that reading a book has become a chore. Whereas reading is so great for personal development, clearing our minds and is perfect for when you want to take some time out for yourself. You literally can’t read with others interacting with you. Trying to digest what the book is saying is a very individual process and this means you’ll have no distractions apart from just spending time with yourself.
3 // Go for a walk
Going out and just spending time with your mind is incredibly needed. Just wandering around mindlessly, wherever the path takes you. And all you have is your mind to keep you company. This means you have time to think about stressful situations, to think about how you want to improve yourself and think about how you want to spend the rest of your week. Blocking out this time will not only improve your mind but will get you moving which will tick off two your weekly goals.
There are so many other ways you can spend time with yourself. You could learn a new skill, find a new hobby or even just have a pamper evening. There are just so many reasons to have some me time, but I’ll go into this a bit more in a post coming out shortly. If you are interested in more wellbeing posts then take a look at
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How do you take time out for yourself?