3 Ways You Can Take Some Time Out For Yourself

3 Ways You Can Take Some Time Out For Yourself

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.

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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

>> 6 Habits For Self-Love <<

>> How to Wake Up Feeling Inspired Everyday <<

 


How do you take time out for yourself?


 

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  1. 24th January 2018 / 11:00 am

    You just listed three things I enjoy doing. Had yoga class last night. Walking love and my main mode of transit. Always a book. Alone time to me is major as introvert. I think being honest with people – which is what I do. So everyone knows I need time alone when not engaging in conversation/people. So I guess setting some you boundaries! enjoyed the post.

  2. 24th January 2018 / 11:42 am

    You look so cute in your photos, I’m loving your shorter hair so much! I definitely need to find ways to take time for myself, like proper time to refresh my mind. I’ve been wanting to get back into reading for a while now, I think I need to really make the time for it x

    Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

  3. 24th January 2018 / 11:42 am

    I love to read, paint and sketch. spending coffee break by
    sketching is something i love

  4. 24th January 2018 / 12:42 pm

    I’m loving how much more confident you look in your photos recently, it’s so cute! I would really love to get into yoga soon as I’ve heard such great things about what it does for the body and mind. I’m in a stage at the moment where I’ve fallen out of love with reading but I really want to get back into it as I love getting lost in a book!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  5. 24th January 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I really love your self-love posts Lily!! I love taking some time out and reading a book without any social media. A bath and good old pamper always goes a long way too!xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

  6. 24th January 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I started yoga many moons ago in university, it is such a good tool to focus on yourself for some time throughout your day. There are so many good instructors that post practices on Youtube as well now!

  7. 24th January 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Self love is so important isnt it. I am trying hard to do more this year, and the three things that you list are on my list! They just make us feel better dont they. I hope you continue to be kind to yourself xx Thanks for sharing x

  8. 24th January 2018 / 1:43 pm

    These are great suggestions! I have been trying to read more recently and I walk to everywhere in my city. There’s a nice park near my apartment that I like visiting too. I also like doing a pamper night once a week!

  9. 24th January 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Some great ideas here. I am starting Yoga next week and really want to read more x

  10. 24th January 2018 / 1:59 pm

    I absolutely love doing Yoga and I’m actually going tonight – I attend my class weekly on a Wednesday. It’s awesome to concentrate on the moves you’re doing, rather than a million and one other things that just stress you out. Great post xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  11. Alicia
    24th January 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Definitely agree! Especially with yoga, I’ve just finished doing a half hour yoga sesh and I feel so relaxed and motivated! I’m really glad you included it because it really allows you to focus on you.

  12. 24th January 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I love reading but I go in and out of phases. Like one week every free moment is dedicated to reading and the next I won’t read a word. To try and be more reliable, I’ve made it my goal to read 30 books this year and I’ve joined some book clubs. Like you said, it’s a great way to clear my mind and spend some time on myself.

    A- simplylovely90.com

  13. 24th January 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I love to read to take my mind off everything, I want to get into yoga as it’s very calming and start running again! Running is my time to pound out any stress I’ve got and it’s a great way to clear your head! Love this post and has gotten me motivated to do something for me! Xx

  14. 24th January 2018 / 9:13 pm

    I definitely agree with all of these! I need to take more time for myself this and sort out my work life balance. I love a good walk and a run x

  15. Emily Isobelle Jane
    24th January 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I dont know what I would do if I didnt go for my walks and bike rides! They are my time to clear my head and gather my thoughts! Loved this post lovely!

    Emily xx

    http://www.isobellejane.com

  16. 25th January 2018 / 1:29 am

    Couldnt agree more, I looove yoga ! It’s the best to reconnect with yourself, while having your mind at ease 😊

  17. 25th January 2018 / 2:55 am

    I practice yoga almost any day I can. It is so good for you! I love bikram yoga and hot vinyasa yoga. But any yoga is so healing and healthy for the body!

  18. meganrosel
    26th January 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I love taking some time for myself. Its such an important thing for your mental health x

  19. jazziepickles
    27th January 2018 / 10:45 am

    I’m going to start doing yoga. I really need that time out to relax and focus on myself as well as help build my strength and tone up

  20. theglassofclass
    27th January 2018 / 1:55 pm

    All three points are soooo true! Going for a walk is such a good way to unwind and it’s so easy to do everyday, even for 10 minutes. It’s important to get out of the house and just walk around and breathe in fresh air. Yoga and reading are also a great way to clear your mind and relax. Great post!

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

  21. 27th January 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I’m so glad you are enjoying yoga! It’s deifnitely a relaxing practice. I want to start reading more books but it does seem like a chore at times

  22. 13th February 2018 / 5:49 pm

    These are great ways to take time for yourself! I tried pilates recently and I really enjoyed it – I can’t wait to give yoga a go next 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog

  23. 15th February 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I feel like everyone gets bogged down trying to make time for family, old friends, new friends, work, school, travel, etc. but doesn’t take time for themselves! Then we wonder why we aren’t happy. Love your post.

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