Setting Aside Time for Yourself Is a Way to Enjoy a Much-Needed Break
There are times in life when you look around and feel like patting yourself on the back. Today you managed to wake up before the kids to run for half an hour, shower (and shave your legs!), pack healthy lunches for everyone, iron your blouse for work, drop the kids off at school, and get to work early enough to get one of the good parking spots. All of this before 9 a.m.
After completing your work assignments, having a positive parent-teacher interview over the phone while eating your healthy lunch, walking instead of driving to the coffee shop for your afternoon pick-me-up, and surviving the afternoon traffic jams to get the kids from the sitter, you have managed to walk through your front door in one piece.
Now it’s time to unpack the backpacks, make dinner, walk the dog, do the dishes, help with homework, bathe the kids, start a load of laundry, fold the laundry from the day before, get the kids to bed, wash your face, and finally sit down with a cup of herbal tea to check your social media to see how happy everyone from high school is.
As you sigh while scrolling through your feed, a photo comes up of your friend sipping a frosty cocktail poolside, and you wonder, “Could I do that? Could I unplug from life and take some much-needed me time?” The answer is yes you can, you must — and you deserve it.
What Is “Me Time?”
With a jam-packed schedule and the weight of the world on your shoulders, it can seem impossible to carve time out for yourself. You may feel guilty, selfish or distracted about taking time to recharge and get yourself centered. There are some easy, small ways to get a few minutes of me time, and there are more elaborate ways.
Enlisting those around you to help is a great way to ensure what needs to happen in your life to keep it running smoothly is important. Nothing kills the high of coming home, recharged and relaxed more than chaos. Ask your partner, parent or friend to help with the house work, mind the kids and do the grocery shopping while you take some time to yourself.
Deciding if you take the time alone, with your partner or friend is up to you, the key is to get out of routine and do something just for you that you enjoy.
A simple outing to the movie theatre with a stop off at your favorite restaurant can be all it takes to re-energize when life gets hectic. Talking to your partner or best friend like you used to before life got in the way over a big glass of wine can feel great.
Some cost-effective ways to squeeze in some me time could include visiting your local drug store and purchasing a few items to pamper yourself at home. A $5 mud mask, $2 bottle of nail polish and a $7 bottle of body scrub is a great way to make you feel good and look good.
Put the kids to bed, fill the tub with some great smelling bubble bath and relax. Turn on some soft music and turn your bathroom into your own personal oasis.
The drug store offers a multitude of at-home spa items — everything from waxing kits, body wraps, luxurious lotions and hair treatments. Spend some time searching the store for products you would like to try and that work with your skin type.
If you would rather spend some time outside of the house, think about what interests you. Bring your spouse or a friend along and take charge of your adventure.
Try booking a weekend away in the nearest tourist town and see the sights. Or hop on a plane and enjoy a trip away.
Whether it’s a relaxing weekend on the beach or scaling a mountain, if you want to do it, reach out and make it happen. If you don’t plan your own me time, no one else will.
Schedule Time for Yourself
Scheduling me time may be the only way it happens. We schedule everything else in our lives, why not me time?
Sign up for a local class, be it cooking, painting, guitar lessons — anything to get you out of routine and engaged with something new and exciting. If you don’t take the time to recharge your batteries, you won’t have the energy to keep up with your life as a parent, spouse and professional forever.
So hop online, browse travel sites, check out your city’s website for courses to take, and even try some homemade spa treatments to help relax. Knowing you have something special planned makes the rat race of daily life more manageable. Your family and coworkers will be thanking you for taking the time for yourself, and you will feel amazing.