We All Need Some Quality Me-time.
There are only so many hours in the day, and you likely dedicate a ton of it to your work and personal life. But when was the last time you had some quality me-time? How long ago did you really take a moment to appreciate yourself and all of the great things that you do? When was the last time you treated yourself to your favorite dessert? How much time has passed since you put all your other worries and obligations on the back burner and just focused on yourself? There’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first sometimes, and this article will go over just a few ways that you can make that happen.
Catch Some Z’s
Everybody loves sleeping. You wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. A great way to get some well-deserved me-time is by setting aside 15 to 30 minutes to recharge. Put your phone on silent, close the blinds and snuggle into some comfy blankets and pillows. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using a small sliver of your day to help you refocus. Studies have shown that taking short naps can help improve your mood, heighten your awareness and even increase your performance when working.
When it comes to bedtime, if your room is free of clutter and your bed is made with crisp clean sheets, it will be welcoming and support a quality night’s sleep. Check out WellWorthLiving for tips on turning your room into a restful retreat as well as how to select sleep-friendly, air cleansing plants to help you wake up refreshed and recharged.
Go for a Walk
Whether you walk to or from work, or even find the time to sneak to the nearest park or hiking trail, going for a walk is another great way to treat yourself. Not only is the exercise great for your health, but it also allows you to explore your surroundings and take in what the environment has to offer.
Consider listening to some music while you travel and enjoy how the world moves along with the rhythm. And if music isn’t really your thing, consider walking in silence and take in all of the natural sounds of the world around you. Going for a walk is a refreshing way to clear your mind and melt away stress.
Treat Yourself to Your Favorite Meal
Pretty much everybody will agree that food is fantastic! If it has been a while since you’ve had your favorite dish or dessert, consider treating yourself. In a world that is fixated on restrictive diets, it can be nice to have a cheat day occasionally. Whether you prefer Italian pastas, exotic fish dishes, or the sweetest of ice cream treats, the culinary world can provide for your every desire. Sweet or savory, it’s up to you!
Recognize Your Own Accomplishments
Many of us are incredibly critical about our capabilities, be it at work, as a parent, or as a friend. It is important to remember that every single person has qualities that make them truly unique, and the same can be said about you. While it’s always a good idea to be reflective, you should recognize your own accomplishments and things that you do better than others. If you believe yourself to be a fantastic cook, writer, mother, that’s awesome! As they say, if you’ve got it, flaunt. Taking the time to understand your own worth can take loads of stress off of your shoulders and boost your confidence.
Enjoy the Finer Things in Life
If you’ve been eyeing that new pair of shoes or that new jacket, why not get it? While it’s always vital to live within your means, something can also be said about budgeting right down to the penny. A great way to spend some much-needed me-time is by purchasing items that you genuinely deserve. These aren’t brash, heat-of-the-moment buys. These are purchases that have occupied your dreams. It’s time to stop waiting, and time to act! A little retail therapy never hurt anybody.
Follow Your Passion
Everybody has a hobby that they are truly passionate about. Some people are excellent singers, some can paint, while others can write. Whatever your passion is, be sure to find the time to participate in it. Pursuing your passion projects can help give you a better sense of direction in life. It also gives you some incredibly satisfying goals to accomplish. Gardening, building or even acting (or whatever you’re into) are all great ways to develop and grow as a person. Working on what you’re passionate about is one of the best ways to work on “me.”
Hit the Gym (or the Great Outdoors)
Taking care of yourself is a vital aspect of needing quality me-time. The best way to accomplish this is by exercising and keeping your body healthy. Between work, family obligations and finding a quiet moment to yourself, it’s vital that you take even a few minutes to make healthy choices. As mentioned before, walking to work is a great alternative mode of transportation. It turns out great for both the environment and for your immune system. If you can’t find the time, even a few minutes of stretching in the morning and eating a healthy breakfast can go a long way.
Flex that Brain
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. On your way home from work or picking up the kids, try to swing by the local library or bookstore. Find a new read that will challenge the way you think and revitalize your imagination. Whether you prefer to read non-fiction, romance, true crime or even comics, reading keeps the mind sharp and active. Treat yourself to a new book by your favorite author and allow yourself to enjoy the story.
Quality me-time isn’t a selfish activity. In fact, one could argue that not taking the time to show yourself the care and attention you deserve is what’s “selfish.” By taking care of your body through exercise, by keeping your mind sharp and relaxed, and by boosting your self-confidence, me-time is an excellent way to keep life balanced through all of its ups and downs. Now, get out there and enjoy the day! There are tons of things that life has to offer you.