In fact, ‘me’ is often bumped way down on the priority list, well below piles of laundry that are waiting to be washed, the briefcase full of papers that accompanied you home, the kids’ hockey games tonight, or attending another committee meeting.
In this fast-paced world, many people have a hard time slowing down. We are constantly in ‘go’ mode, ready to move from one activity or responsibility to the next. Finding time for family activities can be a challenge. Finding time for yourself may just seem impossible, or even selfish.
But making time for yourself is not selfish. It’s necessary. Time alone is important to refresh the mind and reduce stress. If you’re constantly feeling frazzled, you aren’t going to be the best version of yourself. It’s all tied together!
Try this: Take some time – even if it’s just an hour a week – to do something you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, hiking a trail, or just sitting and enjoying nature. (Don’t forget to put away your phone!)
And here’s a little surprise. Time for yourself does not necessarily have to be spent alone. Sometimes, carving out time for an activity with a friend, spouse or even the kids—if that activity is what you really enjoy—counts as time for yourself!