“Me time,” a time to sit in the calm, refreshing your mind and body, is sometimes a luxury- no, a necessity- that’s not always given.
So, to those with families, kids, people who depend on you, how can you give yourself the beneficial break that you need?
The Cleveland Clinic, one of the top hospitals in the U.S., has some ideas.
First, think on it. What’s keeping you from getting alone time?
Consider the solutions.
The Cleveland Clinic states, “Prioritizing your time differently can allow you to do more of the things you enjoy.”
They suggest waking up a little earlier or cutting back on social media use.
It’s also okay to not do it all. Instead of baking cupcakes for the summer cookout, buy them instead.
Cut back on things that aren’t a priority to reserve that time for your own wellbeing.
Next, recognize when you need help.
Easier said than done, right?
Dr. Susan Albers, PsyD, a psychologist for the Cleveland Clinic, says, “Ask for help if you need it by calling in a relative or neighbor.”
It’s also important to know that “me time” doesn’t necessarily mean getting away from your family.
Dr. Albers suggests giving your kids a coloring page while you catch up on your favorite show.
Sometimes getting that time for yourself might require you to think outside the box from how you normally do things.
It’s okay to say ‘no’ to projects to make time for yourself.
You are worth it!