Six Ways To Carve Out Me Time When Life Gets Busy - Lasonia B. Graves
As moms or just people in general, the thought of enjoying “me time” seems not only selfish but also impossible. Most of us can barely get two minutes a day to ourselves, let alone squeezing in an hour or two of me-time. However, it’s important for your sanity that you spend some time doing things that you enjoy, even if it is something as simple as sitting in silence and sipping on a cup of tea. When it comes to carving out me-time, you should schedule it. When planning your week, make sure you pencil in a set time to enjoy YOU. Try spending a few minutes of downtime each day, and taking a day to enjoy yourself once or twice a month. Finding time to be alone can be a challenge when you factor in your significant other. Be sure to make arrangements with them in terms of scheduling so that there is no conflict when it comes to your spending time doing some of the things that you enjoy. Here are six simple ways that you can carve out some time in your busy schedule for yourself… Exercise We know that health is important – both physical and mental. Go outside and take a brisk walk or if you’re in the mood, go for a run. If your schedule allows, take a group class weekly, or hit up the gym a few times throughout the week. Find a physical activity that you love, and then the “me time” becomes a bonus. Take Yourself Out To Lunch Treat yo’ self to a leisurely meal alone at a nice sit-down restaurant or your favorite eatery. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, this would be a perfect time to try out a new dish or even a different type of restaurant than the ones you normally frequent. While dining, you can read a book, people watch or simply get lost in thought. But most importantly, thoroughly enjoy your meal. Journal Let your feelings out on paper. Write down your emotions, stresses, ideas, dreams, worries, fears – whatever you choose. This is something that can be done one time or on a daily basis. I personally like to journal either first thing in the morning or before I go to bed. Keep a small notebook or journal with you, and reach for it whenever the mood strikes. Go Shopping This is one of my favorites! Every now and then my husband and son spend the day doing “guy” stuff so that I can spend the day shopping. Sometimes I splurge on a few outfits, at other times I simply window shop for a few hours. Often times I will make a day of it and have lunch and even squeeze in a mani/pedi. Use this time to hit up several of your favorite stores. Even if you don’t buy anything, go ahead and try on two or three different outfits. If you’re not really into clothes, go to your favorite furniture or home decor store and browse. Catch A Movie Let hubby tend to the kids, or drop them off with a sitter for a few hours and head to the movie theater. Grab some popcorn (extra butter of course) and a drink and enjoy the show. Spend Some Time Outdoors When the weather permits, I like to spend daily quiet time outside on my patio. Steal away for a few hours and just enjoy some time with nature. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds sing, lie in the grass and watch the clouds or grab a glass of lemonade and enjoy a book underneath a tree. Taking time each day to relax and unwind can help boost your immunity, make you more productive and even help stimulate creativity. I know that it can be difficult at first, but learn to make yourself a priority. You will be better equipped to care for those that you love when you do. How do you enjoy your me-time? Share with me below.