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I always thought the idea of carving out a part of one’s schedule for “Me Time” seemed a bit silly, unnecessary or even selfish. BUT, that was before I had kids and now I realize I felt that way because I was getting plenty of ‘me time’ to spend however I wanted. Now, I am no expert at actually making time for myself, but I have thought quite a few reasons why I should and ideas of things to do!
So many of us are always on the go, doing things for others and putting ourselves last. As wives, moms or working women, it can be easy to fill up our calendars and to-do lists without saving any room for things we like to do.
And for a while, it can feel like that is the right way to prioritize our time. But if we aren’t making time for ourselves, we can’t actually keep up that pace long term.
This might be common knowledge, but I hadn’t thought about this when I first heard it a few years ago.
“You can’t fill the cup of another if your cup is empty.”
So much of the reason that we as women are running on empty is because we are constantly trying to pour into others. Whether that is in the form of doing homework with your kids, leading the cheer squad in addition to your job as a teacher, or volunteering with kids after work. To do any of those things, and do them well, you need to have something in your tank so that you can continue to give.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE, AM I RIGHT?
The key to refilling your cup is to truly make it a priority on a daily basis. And for most of us, that may feel like a selfish thing to do. I do admit that I feel a little bit of guilt when I ask my husband to watch our daughter for 30 minutes or an hour so I can take some time for myself. But that is actually going to be more beneficial for them because I come back reenergized and able to give them 100% of my love and attention.
So how do we make this happen?
Aim to take 30 minutes a day for yourself and do something that you are passionate about!
Me Time Ideas
- Take a walk (my personal fave)
- Bubble Bath (use this!)
- Work Out Class
- Read a book (may I recommend this one?)
- Do a puzzle
- Cook (only if you love it!)
- Take a nap
- Watch TV
- Shop (in person or online)
- Lay out in the sun
- Bake cookies (then eat them!)
- Visit a park
- Birdwatch (my mom loves this)
- Write (via a blog perhaps?)
- Go see a movie
- Some sort of craft (Not my thing, but you might love it)
- Ride a bike
- Get a pedicure
So what do you do when you find some extra time all for yourself? And how do you work it into your schedule? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!
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