If you’re anything like me, you love your downtime. But, the pandemic got in the way of that in a big way. With everyone either working from home or doing e-learning, it’s anything but quiet in the house any longer.
With so many demands on your plate, ‘me time’ isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. Don’t think of it as selfish. Instead, think of it as taking care of yourself. If you aren’t convinced that ‘me time’ is essential, check out the top reasons you must consider it.
It gives your body and brain a rest
Always being ‘on’ is hard on your body and brain. If you’re always putting others before yourself, it doesn’t give you time to focus on your needs. Your body needs relaxation, and your brain needs to be ‘off’ even if for a few minutes.
‘Me time’ that is good for your body and brain looks like a hot bath, a walk around the block, or time reading a book and relaxing.
Anything that is just about you and doesn’t require extensive energy or thinking is a great way to relax.
You’re more likely to practice gratitude
When you’re constantly on the go or taking care of others, you don’t think about anything but other people. This can make you resentful, believe it or not. When you feel tired, and out of sorts, you get crabby and feel like you’re going to break.
When you have some quiet time, you can reflect on what is going well in your life.
I’ve kept a gratitude journal before, and it made a tremendous difference. Just taking those 10 minutes to write out what I’m grateful for a few times a week helped reframe my thoughts.
You can do what you love
When’s the last time you did something you loved? I’m not talking about doing something you love to do with someone else, but something that makes you happy.
Whether it’s crafting, playing an instrument, painting, or any other hobby, when you take ‘me time,’ it’s a time to do what YOU want without anyone else’s opinion.
It’s a way to bring you back to yourself. I used to paint a lot. But then life got busy, and I put it away for years.
It wasn’t until 2020 when I had so much downtime that I brought it back out, and I can’t believe how much I missed it. It’s a gentle reminder of how much ‘me time’ is important.
Gives you a breather
It’s hard to think straight when everyone is pulling at your pant legs. Whether you are helping your family, friends, or your job pulls you in 20 different directions, you don’t have time to stop and breathe. All this leads to is intense stress levels, anger, and a feeling like you can’t catch your breath.
Stop feeling like you’re constantly chasing your own tail and take the time you deserve. Even if it’s 10 minutes a day to stop and reflect, you’ll be amazed at how different you feel.
Don’t let one more day in 2020 pass you by without taking some ‘me time.’ Take it from me, schedule it into your week, or you won’t do it. Start slow – take 10 minutes here or there.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly see how valuable that time is, and you’ll find yourself scheduling more of it.