01 Jan Me, Myself & I
Here’s a significant question for you…
How often do you take the time out for YOU?
Yes, I’m talking about the ‘Me, Myself & I’ that is You! And the time necessary to acknowledge and celebrate the awesomeness that is You! The goodness that is You! The amazing person that is You!
Now if that concept feels alien to you or your answer is never or rarely, you wouldn’t be alone. Many people don’t take the quality time out to fully appreciate, purify, nurture and evolve themselves for many reasons.
In our hectic lives, it can sometimes feel like there’s so much going on. We’ve got our jobs, home life and lots of things on our ‘to-do list’ that we need to get done. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like there’s enough time in the day to do all of this, let alone to have any ‘Me Time!’
If you are used to putting others first, it can feel hard to prioritise yourself, especially if you’re a parent. There may be feelings of guilt about taking time out for you only.
However, no matter how “wrong” it might feel or how busy you might be, it’s important to take time for yourself to enjoy the psychological and physical benefits.
‘Me Time’ is a form of self-love and self-care, which is often misunderstood for being selfish in the egotistical, self-centred, self-importance, self-absorbed kinda way… But that is a huge misunderstanding, because:
You can only be the best for others, when you are at your best
Most of us will have heard the familiar instruction of airline flight attendants during their pre-flight instructions:
“Make sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help someone else put on theirs.”
Why is this an important rule for ensuring survival? Well, if you run out of oxygen, you can’t help anyone else with their oxygen mask!
This is an important metaphor if you are running around taking care of everything and everyone else except yourself. If you’re not taking care of yourself and having ‘Me Time’, you can experience burnout, stress, fatigue, reduced mental effectiveness, anxiety, frustration, inability to sleep and other health problems… Not a good situation for you and for others who depend on you or you may wish to help!
So take a moment right now to consider if you are experiencing any of those symptoms?
I strongly encourage you to let go of any guilt or any excuses for not taking time out for you, because the power of ‘Me Time’ cannot be underestimated. Furthermore, if you’re currently feeling overwhelmed or stressed, studies have shown that when you focus on an activity just for you, stress levels can go down and you have time to recharge your batteries.
There’s no time like now to put your oxygen mask on first and reward yourself with ‘Me Time.’ No matter if you’re experiencing the above mentioned symptoms or not, it can help you to feel refreshed, happier and maintain a good sense of self.
And, it doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming at all. You can simply fit this all important ‘Me Time’ into your life by having a little structure in your week. A ‘Week Planner’ can be a useful tool to help you plan this in each week. It might be half an hour a week, a day or even a few days of dedicating time for you.
Your goal is to sit back at the end of the week and say: “I’ve spent this time doing this for me, this time doing that for me… ooh yeah I’ve had some quality Me Time!”
Okay, so what is ‘Me Time?’
Well, it means different things to different people. ‘Me Time’ is anything that lights you up or fascinates you. It could be going for a walk, a trip to the movies, a night out with friends, having a massage or volunteering. It might be enjoying a long relaxing bath, pampering yourself at home, reading a book, some personal development – anything you enjoy! It’s a chance to lose yourself in what you’re doing and celebrate yourself.
The time spent in ‘Me Time’ can vary depending upon the activity and your schedule. You may also choose to switch the days from week to week for each activity. And hey, where practicable, why not see if you can structure in ‘Me Time’ daily?
The important thing to remember is that whilst you can be flexible with your plan, it’s vital to be consistent and spend quality time on you regularly. Spend time following the passions that stir your soul, make your heart sing and give you the ‘Me Time’ you’re truly worthy of!
As a result, not only will this be of great benefit to you, it will enhance the quality of your relationships with others too!
“IF WE KEEP GOING WE NEVER HAVE A CHANCE TO STOP AND APPRECIATE WHAT WE’VE GOT, AND ASK WHAT DO I NEED FOR ME RIGHT NOW?”
– NAOMI MARTELL-BUNDOCK, WELLBEING COACH
I hope you found this article useful. I would love to hear your thoughts on it! Do you feel ‘Me Time’ is important? What activities can you do/are you doing to take time out for you? Simply click ‘like’ and please do let me know in the comments box below.
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Are you unsure where to start with ‘Me Time’ and would like some ideas? My ‘Diamond Clarity 7 Day ‘Me Time’ Plan’ will help you to structure time into your week just for you. Simply CLICK HERE and we can chat more about this!
Teresha, The Confidence Restyler™ Xx