Life can feel so demanding at times, almost like a never-ending to-do list, and its easy to find ourselves lacking spare time for anything else, let alone ourselves! It can be tough trying to juggle day-to-day life, between working, family, hobbies, maintaining a social life, etc. We all know the importance of spending quality time with loved ones and friends, for the most part we make an effort to ensure this happens. Now that’s all well and good, but does this mean that we frequently forget about one of the most important people in our lives we need to set some time aside for? Ourselves.
Granted this is probably easier said then done, particularly if you’re a parent or you take care of anyone, without feeling an aspect of guilt for taking some me time. Me time shouldn’t lead to guilt as it isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity to allow us to manage other areas of our lives as best we can. As with most things, it’s all about striking the right balance.
If we don’t take time for ourselves, even if it’s to just simply be, we will suffer in all other areas of our life. We have to invest in ourselves and our own wellbeing to get the most out of everything else we do. It’s so easy to forget this and almost fall into a routine of self neglect in a way. This might sound a bit dramatic, but it can make a huge difference to take a little time out for yourself a couple of times a week. Even something as simple as grabbing your favourite book and curling up to read a few chapters, taking a little walk to give you some clarity, running a bath and using your favourite bubbles or bath bomb, while you lay there and unwind, even just sitting with your favourite cuppa for 5.
It’s okay to give yourself an opportunity to stop. It’s okay to show yourself some love and to put yourself first sometimes. I can only speak for myself but I would put money on it to say I am not alone in this. Sometimes I get so caught up in everyday life and doing things for others, that it isn’t until I hit a wall that I actually remember to stop and take care of myself and my own wellbeing, both mentally and physically. It’s hard to keep going when I get to that point, it can really slow me down an awful lot, evening bring me to a complete stop at times. We are no good to anybody when we reach this point.
A lack of time for self-care can really interfere and impact on our mental health. Personally when I don’t take enough time for myself and things are getting a bit much, I sometimes find myself waking in the night with anxiety attacks and generally not sleeping well. It almost feels like I carry a black cloud around over me and it’s hard to get any sort of clarity on anything when I feel that way.
I hope this post can be a positive reminder for us all. A reminder that sometimes we do need to show ourselves some self-love. I know I need to work on it more, and I’m sure I won’t be alone in this.
What are some the best ways you find to help unwind and relax? Do you feel you get enough time for yourself or is it an area you need to work on more? I would love to know your views on me time and if you feel like you manage to get enough, and how? Please leave me a comment below letting me know.