Do you feel overwhelmed with commitments and obligations? If so, you’re likely well overdue for some well-deserved “me time”.
While life is busy and it’s perfectly understandable to put your personal needs last on the list, you may experience negative effects down the line.
By putting yourself first and making time for yourself regularly, you can tackle the rest of your obligations and responsibilities with a fresh outlook and more energy than ever before.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at how you can sneak in more “me time” on a regular basis to benefit your physical and mental health.
1. Utilize Your Commute
Do you have a long commute? Whether it takes you 25 minutes or an hour to get to work in the morning, it can feel like time wasted.
With the right outlook and approach, you can actually utilize this time to engage in self-care and focus on yourself.
If you drive, you can:
- Listen to a perfectly curated playlist
- Listen to your favorite podcast or audiobook
- Talk to a loved one using hands-free technology
If you take public transportation, you can:
- Listen to music, a podcast, or an audiobook
- Read a book or magazine
- Watch a movie or television show
- Use noise-canceling headphones and relax
If you drive during your commute to work, be sure to prepare your self-care activity before driving. Always drive safely, abide by the law and avoid distractions.
2. Schedule Your Self-Care
If your schedule is hectic and self-care opportunities are few and far between, it might be time to give your lifestyle a small overhaul. Rather than scheduling commitments and responsibilities first and adding your “me time” afterward, switch things around.
Schedule yourself a massage, commit to a regular gym time or yoga class, take a class, go for a hike or day trip, or simply block out 1-2 nights a week that you simply spend at home with no particular plans – other than to pamper yourself, of course.
We highly recommend scheduling time in your week to soak in your spa. Whether your backyard is equipped with a Hydropool Swim Spa or industry-leading hot tub, relaxing in the jet-driven water can do wonders for your emotional, mental, and physical health.
Whether you relax in the silence of your backyard living space, play a game with your kids or engage in a full-body workout, you’re bound to exit the water feeling refreshed and recharged.
Once you have these times booked in, open up your schedule to others. Of course, there will be times that your self-care commitments have to budge to make way for other obligations, but for the most part, you will likely find that your lifestyle has much more balance than before.
3. Say No
If you find yourself regularly helping out friends or attending events for others, it may be time to cut back a little bit. Your free time is valuable and should be utilized to better your physical, emotional, and mental health.
If a possible obligation crosses your path that may throw the balance of your life out of sorts, don’t be afraid to pass and say no. Often, friends and family will understand and make do without your presence or assistance.
By saying no, you’ll keep your free time for yourself and likely attend the next event more recharged than ever before.
4. But Also, Say Yes!
While it is important to say no if you’re feeling overwhelmed or would like to prevent overloading your schedule, sometimes the right opportunity can provide an opportunity for self-care.
Whether you say yes to the weekend getaway with your friends or brunch with your close family, or take advantage of the discounted tickets to an event, you might find that spending your free time attending fun and relaxing events can do as much for your mental health as going to the spa or staying home.
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