“Me-Time” The Last Affordable Luxury
“Me-Time”: The Last Affordable Luxury
If you are like many people I’ve talked to recently, the notion of “me-time” often gets pushed aside in order to care for children, family or work responsibilities. Statements like “I don’t have time”, “Work needs me” or “I feel guilty leaving my family” become believable. After all, taking time out of the day to focus on you is selfish. Or is it?
Simple question for you…While you are taking care of everyone and everything, who is taking care of you?
Take your car for example. Every now and then your car needs attention – gas, a tune up, oil change, new tires – in order to run efficiently. What happens if you fail to give your car this attention? It won’t run efficiently or, depending on how long you wait, the car won’t run at all. Our bodies work in a similar way. In order to run efficiently, our bodies and minds also need attention, a rest or our own personal tune-up. Not taking “me-time” is actually more selfish than taking it.
Taking some time each day to focus on your needs allows you to:
- Have the energy you need to continue caring for everyone and everything else in your life
- Become a healthy role model to those around you.
- Experience less stress and resentment towards others
- Experience feel good living
Since others benefit when you recharge your batteries, you might even consider it something you do for others! And a few minutes is all you need to experience some peace, calm and even a feeling of balance. Fancy vacations, expensive spa treatments, and 90-minute yoga classes are nice, though not necessary to experience the benefits. Studies show that even a few minutes to relax and unwind can decrease stress and increase productivity. Just like our cars, we all need time to slow down and refill in order to run efficiently.
The next time you notice your energy running low, check in with yourself and schedule a few minutes to refill. Get out your calendar and make an appointment with YOU to make it official. Below is a short list of time and cost-effective ways to bring some always deserved “me-time” into your day.
- Start your day with a morning walk. 10 minutes up and down the street will do.
- Set an alarm to go off at the top of each hour, close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths. This takes about 1 minute.
- Take a lunch time stretch break. Reaching your arms up over your head or a few neck rolls are a good place to start. 1 to 2 minutes.
- End your day quietly snuggled up with loved ones, reading a good book, listening to soft music or indulging in a warm bath. Do this one as long as you like.
- Practice gratitude by taking some time to be thankful for the new day you’ve been given and for the people around you to love and care for. And for the people who love and care for you, too. Gratitude helps keep life in perspective. Do this one for a lifetime.
Get back to your senses and experience feel good living with a few minutes of “me-time” each day. Give yourself a personal tune-up and you just might experience less stress and more satisfaction when the day is done.