The modern day woman needs to juggle between things like her career, family, kids, friends, relationships, colleagues and community involvement. As a result, she hardly ends up having time for herself. According to recent research, modern day women are less happy when compared to the women from 40 years ago. There could be a number of reasons for the same, but the lack of “me” time seems to be one of the biggest factors. The amount of pressure and stress put on women leaves them neglecting personal care as they channelize all their energies in taking care of their other responsibilities. However, having some occasional “me” time can do wonders in balancing out a woman’s life. In fact, it is more than likely to help a woman to take care of her other responsibilities better. So how to take out the time to make that happen? To answer this question, you need to take care of two things and two things only – making yourself a priority and scheduling your “me” time.
Before we talk about “me” time and how to fit it into your schedules, you need to understand its importance. The best way to look at the problem is to consider yourself to be a sportsperson. You need to train diligently to hone your mental and physical skills, but you also need to offer your body and mind with the necessary rest in order to be fresh and fit on the match day. Most sportspeople prefer to spend some “me” time the day before the match as this helps them perform better. Now that you’re convinced of its importance, lets talk about scheduling some “me” time in your day to day routines.
Accommodating “me” time into your routine is similar to scheduling any other appointment and it is as important as those business meetings and pediatrician visits. “Me” time helps you to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your minds. And this ultimately allows you to perform better in all other aspects of your life. You already live in a multi-tasking society. Hence, finding out the time is not a problem. Finding the will to find the time is the issue. And you don’t need too much time either. Spending anything between 5 – 30 minutes on yourself on a daily basis should do the trick. Here is a list of things that you can do to spend time with yourself depending on the time available.
For Women who have 5 – 10 minutes
- Stretch yourself, put on your headphones and go for a walk around the block. If going outside is not your thing, up and down a flight of stairs should also do the trick.
- Call a friend to chat. No, this doesn’t mean planning a meet or talking shop. It simply means chit chat.
- Sit on the porch with some coffee and a newspaper or with some coffee only. Watch the clouds sail away, listen to the birds chirp and immerse yourself into nature. No forms of electronics allowed.
- Focus on your breathing. Allow your mind to wander, dream of faraway places, dream of those exotic things you want to see. Just go where your breathing takes you.
- Spend time with your pet. Cuddling with your pets and playing with them is an instant mood lifter.
- Listen to some music. Immerse yourself into the beats and shake a leg to those rhythms.
For Women who have 10 – 30 minutes
- Continue with the book that you’ve been reading. Try out a crossword puzzle or update yourself with the latest gossip on your favorite blog.
- Go for a brisk walk or jogging in a nearby park.
- Spend time doing little things at home such as putting a bouquet together, trimming the bush, etc. Remember, this should include things that you enjoy doing, not things that are a part of your daily chores.
- Soak yourself in a bathtub. Treat your body to some fantastic bath goodies and don’t forget that glass of wine.
For Women who have 30 – 60 minutes
- Go to a spa or the local salon for a massage, manicure or pedicure service.
- Take a nap. Rejuvenate yourself before you begin to work again.
- Practice a hobby. This could be anything you like – playing a sport, learning a new skill, fishing, etc.
- Go for a long walk with a friend or a loved one. Just stroll along and enjoy the day. It’s about relaxing and enjoying your surroundings, not racing to the finish line.
If you don’t find anything that works for you, try out something else. Remember, there is no hard and fast rule on how to spend “me” time. Ultimately, you should be doing things that allow you to relax your mind and your body.