Sometimes in life it is so easy to become wrapped up in work, socialising, and doing what is ‘expected’ of us, therefore we can easily forget the importance of taking time for ourselves. I personally think that it is important to do this every day. It may seem a little selfish, but it doesn’t have to take up hours of your time; it could just mean having a quick five minutes to sit outside in the garden with your cup of tea in the morning. I believe that occasionally putting some time aside for ourselves has a number of benefits and, ultimately, it makes us better, happier people in the long run.
Why is it so important to take a bit of time out of each day just for you? Let me count the ways…
It gives your chance to expand your horizons, which could be as exciting as learning a new skill or as easy as watching an documentary that makes your heart sing. It’s really important to constantly learn new things, embrace your hobbies (even the weird ones) and discover the world.
Doing something you love, or something you would love to try, will naturally make you happier. Being happy increases our sense of wellbeing and will help to release endorphins, therefore giving us a more positive outlook on life.
Taking time for yourself can relax the mind and body. This will rejuvenate yourself, leaving you feeling a lot more productive when going back to work, your studies, or indeed whatever else you count as a part of the daily grind.
This is glaringly obvious, but when we put time aside for ourselves it allows us to spend some quality time with ourselves – not anyone else. This allows us to gain independence and let us explore and develop our own personalities. Plus, other people are just draining sometimes, right?
And finally, if you’re stuck for ideas, here are just some examples of things you can do to get a little ‘me time’…
Go for a walk
Read your favourite book
Go to a spa
Get a massage
Have a movie marathon
Do some exercise
Take some photographs
Learn a new skill
Listen to some music
Have a nice hot bubble bath
Have a pamper night in
What’s your favourite way to unwind? Let me know in the comments section.