Do you often feel like there’s not enough time in your week to do the things you love? Wish you had more time to yourself? In this hyper-busy world we live in, ‘me time’ sometimes can disappear!
If you work full-time, have children, or volunteer in your community – or, like many, tick all three boxes – then it’s common to feel like there’s no time in your life to do the things you love doing. As a hard-working professional, who works full time and blogs and freelances in my spare time, every minute of every day can be crammed full of either chores, commuting, working, more working, editing, and more chores. It’s easy to sometimes feel like we are stuck on a proverbial treadmill.
Amidst all the chaos of work life and home life, is it possible to find time in your day for you? And just for you?
It absolutely is! Not only is it possible, but it’s important to make the effort to create more ‘me time’. By doing things for yourself, you become healthier and happier. ‘Me time’ helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It rejuvenates your soul.
So how do you make more ‘me time’?
First of all, identify what type of activity will make you most happy. For some, it is exercise. For others (like me), it is curling up on the couch with a cuppa and a good book. It may be macramé. Or playing the piano.
Whatever it is, don’t think of it as indulging in a hobby. It is definitely not indulgent or selfish to dedicate some time to yourself to unwind and de-stress. You are equally deserving of care and attention – perhaps even more so if you have small people to look after.
Once you have worked out what you want to do for ‘me time’, you need to make this activity a priority. Take a good, hard look at your weekly diary and identify when you can make some time to fit it in. And we’re not talking a five-minute recharge here. Aim for about 30 minutes of ‘me time’ each day.
For some people, the perfect time for personal reflection and recharging is first thing in the morning, when no-one else is awake. For others, it may be in the middle of the day when there’s time to escape the office and enjoy some solitude.
Whatever works for you, the trick is to turn ‘me time’ into a priority. If you rate it as being just as important as making your dinners for the week or answering all those work emails, then you are more likely to make it a habit in your busy schedule.
Three tips to find more time
- Turn off your devices (I know this one can be super hard!). How much time in your day do you spend aimlessly scrolling through social media feeds or falling into a rabbit hole of news articles on your phone? While you may think that this is ‘me time’, it’s a very fragmented and distracted activity that does little to calm your mind.
- Delegate the things you detest. If the budget allows it, get help around the house. Paying for a house cleaner may seem like an indulgence, but if it gives you a few extra hours a fortnight to look after yourself, then it could well be worth it.
- Learn to say no. Saying ‘no’ can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself, and it’s okay to do so. You don’t have to attend every get-together, or join every committee. Identify what’s important, and only agree to do the things that really matter to you.
Time for some “me time” lovely people – go and enjoy it!