I am an extremely social person and I love to spend time with my friends and boyfriend as much as possible. This is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. However, if I’m not careful, it can lead to me feeling burnt out. I work from home and spend time alone during the day, but this isn’t the “Me” time that I find myself truly needing.
We all need to take time for ourselves and hit the reset button if you will. Taking this alone time clears my head and leaves me feeling refreshed and more productive overall! This year I want to focus on consciously carving out more time to spend with myself. As corny as this may sound, nurturing the friendship that you have with yourself is the most important relationship to nurture of all. This past year has taught me this important lesson and I want to place more of my focus on it moving forward.
Make and create, just for fun. The key is that it doesn’t have to be perfect; you don’t have to plan it out or do it exactly right. Draw, write, sculpt, bake a cake, colour in a colouring book… Just don’t get hung up on how it turns out. It’s the act of creating that’s important here, not the end result.
Speaking of meditation … there’s more evidence now than ever that meditation is beneficial for your mental and physical health. According to everyday health, meditation can improve concentration, reduce stress, prevent cognitive decline, and keep your brain healthy and alert as you age.
Head to the book store
I am a huge reader, so I love to go to the book store and flip through coffee table books and novels. I usually find one or two that I like and read them in the store for a few hours cozied up with a Starbucks. I order all of my books on Amazon.com because they are significantly less expensive, so I do feel slightly bad reading books that I’m not going to purchase. But oh well… I keep them in mint condition so what’s the harm?
Take A Nap
No, we don’t mean flopping down on the couch and waking up with a kink in your neck. Get in bed, all comfy under the covers, and really rest. Sleep if you have time, or at the very least close your eyes and revel in the fluffy softness.
Call An Old Friend
Missing the good old days? Maintaining positive relationships is food for the soul, so grab a random moment of free time and call up an old friend or family member that you miss talking to, for no reason other than to catch up. Chat about whatever or whomever, just enjoy their company.
Sometimes a little mindless “guilty pleasure” television can be good for the soul as well. The trick is to watch something you love but rarely or never get a chance to indulge in, and really let yourself enjoy it. Depending on your living situation, this could be a very real – and very rare – treat.
Take on a home improvement project.
The thrill you’ll get when you walk past that upcycled piece of furniture, freshly painted room, or remodeled outdoor patio knowing you did it all by yourself will be so worth it — you’ll feel ready to tackle whatever’s next.
Have A Grown-Up Play Date
Meet up with a friend for something fun and silly like an afternoon movie, miniature golf, a cooking class or just catching up over coffee. Hanging out with someone fun and completely separate from your work and family stresses can be very rejuvenating – and the many other benefits found in fostering a friendship are a happy bonus.
Streach by candle light
This is my favorite way to fit in a quick “Me Time” session before bed. I like to light a candle or two and lay down on my floor and stretch. Stretching completely relaxes me before bed, and I find that I sleep much heavier when I take the time to do it.
Take a drive
I love driving and listening to music. This truly is my happy time and I try to do it as often as I can. Thank goodness my car gets good gas mileage. I love to make a new playlist, grab a few snacks, and take a long drive. You could even make this into a mini road trip and go explore a new part of the city or neighboring city. I feel like a common theme throughout this list is snacks… I mean, when are snacks not needed? Exactly.