Did you know that 53% of Americans say that creating enough “me” time helps them achieve balance in their lives?
With everything going on in our lives – work, family time, celebrating a friend’s birthday, etc. - it can sometimes seem impossible to get a few minutes alone to do something for yourself.
Just because we live our lives fast paced doesn't mean that we are supposed to. Take a quiet walk, meditate or even lock yourself in the bathroom for a long shower. Just do something that gives you the opportunity to step back, take a deep breath and get greater life balance. Each day is always going to come at us fast, so it's up to us to take a time out.
Here are some things I do to try to carve out that "me time"
so I can focus on myself. Doing these things makes me a better mother, wife, professional and overall a better me.
- Track your time and get rid of things that drain your energy. Begin to notice where you can pick up extra time in your life. Spending time at work gossiping? Avoid those situations, get your work done and get out of the office sooner. Looking online at the latest celebrity drama? Shut it down and do something for you that helps you spend more time on your priorities.
- Find your quiet time. Meditation, deep breathing, alone time, prayer or however you prefer to take a moment are so beneficial to your mental state. Let us not forget- balance is about calibrating the mind, the body and the spirit. Being still and internally reflective is a critical aspect of feeling in balance.
- Acknowledge how you are feeling. Part of striking a balance is to understand how you are feeling and where exactly the stress in your life is coming from. Understanding this can help us be more proactive about achieving balance, and help us discover more positive places to shift our attention to.
- Pick and choose. There is no such thing as "having it all" so why should that be the expectation? If it's time to go to your child’s school play, then you may have to put your run on the back burner. Maybe you have an intense deadline at work so you don't have time to cook an amazing dinner that night. We punish ourselves by trying to have it all. Priorities will shift on a daily basis and we need to adapt to that.
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