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Let’s face it, in this modern age, life can be pretty hectic. Whether that be a busy job with long hours, family duties, studying, seeing friends, it can be hard to keep up. Trying to fit in an education, career, friends, and family, it can be very difficult to find a time in the day or even week, to have some ‘me’ time.
This means that many of us do not take much time for ourselves, and this can be detrimental to our health and well-being. Taking time out for ourselves gives us a breather from our busy days and can be a much-needed relief.
So, what better time than summer, to start making small changes that will allow you to take some time for yourself.
Here are some tips on how to begin taking that well-deserved personal time:
Although this might seem impossible, it is important to try and allocate some time for yourself each day. Even if it is only 5-10 minutes, it will be worth it. Do not feel guilty for taking personal time, we all need it, and we will go back to our lives feeling more refreshed for it.
If we don’t make plans, then it is easy to forget to do something. At the start of each week plan when you will take your ‘me’ time each day. Mark this time in your calendar or even set alerts on your phone to remind you. Choose times when you can fully concentrate on yourself with no distractions.
When planning your personal time, decide what you want to do. This can depend on how much time you have each day. 5-10 minutes could be spent meditating or reading. Half an hour could be spent doing yoga or another exercise. If you have a full hour you could have a massage, go on a long walk, or try a new hobby.
Even whilst at work, you can take some time for yourself, and this can be very helpful if you are having a stressful day. On a break, or on your lunch, instead of staying in the office go out and get some fresh air alone. Simply getting out of your workplace and taking that time for yourself can shed new light on problems and lead to better decision making.
In your daily life, people will ask many things of you and saying no can create a rush of guilt. However, acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with saying no to people’s requests. You can easily overwork yourself by saying yes too many times, and this leaves no time for yourself. Learning to say no is empowering and saves a lot of time. Try it!
If you are really struggling to take time for yourself, ask others for help. This could be asking a colleague to help with your workload or asking your partner to look after the children. People are there to help, don’t be afraid to ask.
We hope these tips help you to take some ‘me’ time this summer and beyond. Taking this personal time can reduce stress and fatigue, give you energy, increase your self-confidence, make you feel refreshed, and increase productivity. With all these rewards, we think ‘me’ time is needed!