Here Is How To Make More 'Me' Time
Whether you're a mother, socialite, high flying career woman, or a blend of all of the above, sometimes, we need some down time. Time to relax, and do something for ourselves, instead of to please others. But how can we ensure we are having adequate time for ourselves in today's busy, bustling life?
Apparently, our generation live an enviable life, with women being able to sport a successful career, alongside having a family. I'm a prime example of this; when my baby was less than 24 hours old, I was working again. I'm not complaining, I love my life, but rewind back a couple of generations and ladies would still be in hospital recovering from childbirth in that situation. Life, although rewarding, is also more challenging for women nowadays. We are expected to still wear the housewife hate: cooking, cleaning, childbearing and mother, as well as bringing home the bacon and excelling in our careers. It is wonderful that we have these opportunities, and I think most women enjoy what they do, but it can make it hard to leave time to do something for yourself. You're always at the bottom of your list of priorities, because you can wait. A screaming 2 year old or a gas bill can't.
Depriving ourselves of 'me' time, isn't healthy for anyone. Often, we can become snappy, stressed and unhappy in our lives because it feels like an endless cycle of chores, work and other people needing you. Take 30 minutes out of your day for a relaxing bubble bath and you will instantly feel your tensions melt away, and you'll feel refreshed and energised to take on a new day. You often hear people say how a bath with the door shut becomes the equivalent of a day at the spa; allow yourself that luxury.
It's important to make yourself a priority. You may have a list as long as your arm of things to do, but if you put the ironing off for another day, is it really going to hurt anyone? Try making a schedule for your week, or day, and putting time aside within that schedule for you to do something for you. It's important to not look at this as wasting time, but to look at it instead as pushing the refresh button on yourself. Don't always put yourself to the bottom of your list; paint your nails and allow yourself to enjoy the luxury.
I appreciate some days are more stressful than others, and to take time out to go to a 45 minute gym class, plus travel and get ready time, just isn't feasible every day. However, sometimes small things are all you need. Why not take a 10 minute break at work, grab a coffee and a magazine and again, enjoy your time? Sometimes we feel guilty for having time for ourselves and waste that time with negative feelings; embrace it, enjoy it and get back to the tasks in need after your allocated slot.