Me time – something so necessary, and so very often neglected. Don’t miss out; taking time to yourself can change your life, and here’s how!
Raise a hand if you identify as a modern urbanite in the big city with ZERO time to spare for yourself! Me time? We don’t know her. If that’s you, we’ve got two words you absolutely need to hear: Stop it.
It may be an unavoidable fact of life that we’re constantly busy and on the go. After all, it is the curse of our generation that we cannot help but seem to rush from task to task without a moment to breathe. Big yikes. Let’s make a pledge right here, right now – all that has to stop, and it’s time we dedicated ourselves to the concept of ‘me time’. It isn’t all just sunshine, rainbows, massages, tea, and yoga (though you could certainly indulge); me time is more than that. The act of taking time for yourself is incredibly beneficial to your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. It might not seem that way, but it will also lead to numerous positive changes in your life. We promise.
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Let’s look at these thirteen ways me time can change your life for the better!
13 Ways A Break Can Change Your Life
Reduce Stress Levels
It’s easy to become drained and exhausted you’re constantly running at 200%. Mitigate skyrocketing stress levels by taking some time for yourself to unwind and relax. Comfort shows, video games, a feel-good book – however and whatever you need is a great idea.
Boost Your Immune System With Some Self Love
Did you know that chronic stress and fatigue can severely weaken your immune system? This can leave you susceptible to illness, which can lead to more stress in the long run. Nip the problem in the bud. Listen to your body; when you start to feel worn out and tired, it’s time to slow down and take a break.
Increase Your Energy Levels
When you take the time to relax and recharge your batteries, you’re essentially allowing your body to heal from its stressors. This in turn can lead to you feeling more focused when it’s crunch time!
Manage Your Anxiety and Depression With Me Time
Taking time out for yourself can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Both conditions can rear their ugly heads when you’re suffering from burnout, so rest is a failsafe method to cope. When you surround yourself with things you love, and indulge in a little bit of pampering, you can give your mental health a boost. You’ll also improve your overall wellbeing.
Improve Your Levels Of Self Awareness
When you have enough time to yourself, you learn to become self aware. This is because me time gets you in the right frame of mind to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Thus, allowing you to gain a better understanding of yourself, your actions, and how you react to things.
Promote Creativity With Crafts
Get into the art zone for your me time activity! When you engage in creative activities – whether they be painting, writing, music, crocheting, et cetera – you’re really switching gears in your brain. Arts and crafts help you to indulge your creativity and imagination, so go forth and create!
Improve Your Communication Skills
It can be difficult to muster up the energy to communicate effectively when you’re tired and stretched thin. Consider the ramifications of operating on a low or drained social battery – sparks will fly and someone will end up crying! By ensuring you get enough rest (and caffeine) into your system, you’ll be able to communicate and articulate your thoughts more effectively!
Increase Your Empathy
When you take the time to indulge in rest, you learn to become more empathetic towards others. This is because you’ll become keenly aware of your mental state and how much rest can improve it. Thus, you’ll be more forgiving and patient when others are clearly tired and burnt out. Likewise, when you’re rested, you’ll be better able to anticipate and provide for the needs of those around you. Share the love and mutual care, and you’ll foster a community around you that can give, as well as take!
Enhance Your Personal Growth Journey
Me time can enhance your personal growth by allowing you precious time in which to reflect! When you consciously sit on your thoughts, you’re able to derive a better understanding of who and what you are – and then work towards the person you want to be.
Improve Your Relationships
If you find yourself getting riled and impatient with your loved ones, consider that it could be the work of stress and burnout. When you take time to relax and reflect, you’ll become a better person to those around you! Whether at home with your family or at work with business partners and colleagues, there’s no shortage of good some me time can do.
Increase Your Productivity
Consider how fuzzy and hazy everything is when you’re tired – then go ahead and imagine how productive you are when well-rested. Taking time out to recharge your batteries is like preparing for better productivity, whether at work or at home! So, do!
Give Yourself A Boost of Confidence
Invest in your own wellbeing by taking yourself out for a spa day! A massage or a pedicure can boost your confidence in a way nothing else can. And when you’re feeling yourself, fresh and fantastic, you’re certain to feel empowered and in control of your life.
Increase Your Happiness And Fulfillment
Taking some me time can lead to greater happiness and fulfillment in your life! This is because we aren’t meant to be living week to week, looking forward to weekends only. Life is meant to be fun, and you’re meant to feel joy and happiness. So don’t feel bad priorisiting your own needs and desires. Trust us on this one – it’ll make your life 100% brighter.
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How YOU Can Make Me Time A Priority
We get it. You’re an overachiever who finds it difficult to get started taking time for yourself. Maybe you’re a perfectionist Virgo, a Capricorn ready to take the world by storm, an Aries who just wants to go, go, go – or anything else in between. Whatever the case, we think you deserve a break. Here’s how you start!
- Set aside a specific time of day to centre and ground yourself.
- Create a designated space that is all play and no work.
- Get into new activities or hobbies!
- Recognise that saying ‘no’ is an act of self-care. Especially when you don’t want to commit to occasions or events.
- Align yourself with your me time goals.
- Get into mindfulness, meditation, and the healing act of sitting with your feelings.
- Unplug from technology. Seriously – social media can sometimes do more harm than good!
- Never apologise for putting yourself first.
If there’s one thing you take away from this article, let it be this: Me time is essential for your wellbeing, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Prioritising yourself can lead to improved stress levels, a better immune system, more energy, less anxiety and depression, and many other positive gains! So if you’re burnt out, we want you to take a deep breath, put on your favourite song, get yourself a cup of tea, and take the day off from kicking butt and taking names. See you on the other side!
What’s your favourite way to get some me time in? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow us across our social media channels to see more of what we get up to!