“I am rushed off my feet”
“I wish I had more time for myself”
“There just aren’t enough hours in the day!”
“I don’t have time to do that!”
Sound familiar? It’s a fact of life… everyone is busy. We are busy working. Busy looking after others. Busy nurturing our relationships. Busy checking Facebook (Yes we are all guilty). We get caught up in our hectic lives juggling a million and one things. It’s crazy how busy we are being busy and we all have that one thing in common, we don’t spend enough time on ourselves. Sometimes its necessary to be selfish and that doesn’t make you a bad person!
Taking time out and refusing to give attention to anything other than your goals is healthy. We need to pursue passions, doing enjoyable things or sometimes just mong out in front of the telly. It can be challenging to find the time to indulge in this uninterrupted bliss but it’s a challenge worth pursuing.
Having that ‘Me’ time is not something to feel guilty about, it is to better yourself and thusly better how you treat and interact with others around you. Giving yourself the opportunity to relax and recharge will then help you refocus on the less fun stuff like your responsibilities.
So we’ve talked about why it’s good, now lets talk about how to make it happen!
- Remember that you are important and that you can never take your health (emotional and physical) for granted. You only live once make it count. There’s no use stressing out and burning out – you’ll be no good to anyone in that condition. Taking time out is allowed and it should be encouraged to ensure you live a fulfilling, happy and healthy lifestyle.
- Now that you believe you deserve this time, make sure it’s time well spent. Do you waste time checking Tweets and random Facebook posts by people you haven’t spoken to in years? Think carefully about what will make you feel rejuvenated and give you a sense of happiness and achievement. For me it’s being creative for others it could be reading a novel or practicing yoga. Write a list of goals you want to complete and make sure you schedule this time!
- Say “no”! I get this can be hard at times but its important. If it’s not going to add value to your life then what is the point? Think carefully before committing to something. If it’s really something that you can’t get out of (work commitments) don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to muddle through things alone.
Remember work hard but also play hard! – It’s a pretty good motto to live by. It’s certainly one I know I will be sticking to more so than ever. Do you have any tips on how you make time for yourself?