So today’s post is on a topic that’s really near and dear to me — taking care of yourself. More specifically, taking time for yourself.
It’s so easy when you’re a Type A, motivated, involved, passionate go-getter to always put yourself last. I find myself all the time canceling my “me time” because other things that I feel like I should be doing. Though every once in a while that happens and it’s fine, I’ve found myself recently in a pattern of neglecting my “me time.” So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to commit myself to MAKING the time and TAKING that time for me.
So great, “me” time is valuable and needed, but how do you actually make the space in your day – and in your mind for it? Well, here are the steps I’m taking to ensure that I give myself some time each day to connect with myself.
1. Acknowledge that “Me Time” isn’t selfish – it’s necessary. Taking the time for yourself allows you to be better at everything that you do and for everyone you interact with. Me time allows you to refocus, recharge, and replenish your energy stores. Releasing your mind from your obligations, from your to-do list from the cares of the world and turning your focus inward allows you to checkin with the most important person in your life – YOU. Now you might think, “whoa there, that’s a really self-absorbed thing to say,” but it absolutely isn’t. You have to secure your own oxygen mask before helping anyone else. If you’re stressed out, scattered, and exhausted that’s all you can provide to those around you. If you are centered, happy, and in-tune with yourself you are SO much better for everyone in your life. So basically, making time for yourself, your health, your happiness will make you better at everything you do for others.
2. Put it in your calendar – Every Damn Day – one hour for YOU. It doesn’t always have to be an intense workout (and shouldn’t be!). Commit to one hour of presence for you. Whether it’s going for walk in the sunshine, a mani-pedi, a stretchy yoga class, or people watching outside in the sunshine. Give yourself the gift of an hour each day to meditate, recharge and be ready to tackle the rest of your day from a centered and energized space.
3. Leave guilt behind. It’s easy to embrace the idea of Me Time, but it’s not easy to actually let go and enjoy your time without the bouts of guilt or feelings of self-centeredness or like your time is better spent answering emails or filling out expense reports. You need to actively remind yourself that taking an hour for you will actually help increase your productively, happiness, and balance your stress and fatigue for the following hours.
Taking steps toward “Me Time” won’t always be easy, but the more in-tune we are with ourselves, the more opportunities we give ourselves to recharge the more solid and stable we become. The happier and more grounded we are, the better we become for everyone in our lives. Take a moment and think about the kind of person you want to be for everyone in your life – now take the time to FIRST be that person just for YOU.