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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
How many times have you got to the end of the day and realised that you haven’t had a minute to yourself?
Yep, I’ve been there, done that and there are still days where I’m hard pushed to get more than a few minutes to myself.
But in general, over the last few years I’ve managed to nail carving out some time each day that is just for me.
Yes, that’s right… just. for. me!
Because I realised that if I didn’t find a way to make some time for myself each day I would go beyond running on empty and grind to a halt.
HAVING TIME FOR YOURSELF IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR WELLBEING
Having time for yourself, me time’ is super important, because it’s the breathing space you need to recalibrate. Especially if you are a parent.
Being a parent means that you are pretty much always at someone else’s beck and call, especially in the early years. If you are a working parent you have responsibilities to your employer and clients and then each day is bookended with parenting your kids.
So it’s easy to understand why it can be hard to justify taking any time out for yourself, let alone finding the time.
But finding ways to spend quality time doing something just for you is like adding punctuation points in your hectic life, it gives you the space to breathe. And not just short, shallow breaths, but deliciously deep, healthy, nourishing breaths.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GUILT?
Unfortunately you can end up feeling super guilty about taking time for yourself when your life is crammed full of stuff that needs doing.
This is particularly true for mothers and super pertinent for mothers who work, who feel the glare of society assessing their role as parents.
But there is one big thing to remember that will help you shove away those feelings of guilt. It’s a well worn saying…
Happy mother, happy child
And it’s true! How on earth will those you care for be happy and content if you aren’t?
Add to that the emotional and physical stamina you need to be a parent and you can start to let yourself believe that it’s ok to take some time to do something that is going to keep you in peak fitness – rather like the Olympian of parents!!
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF TAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF
If you still need further convincing, here’s a list of just some of the benefits of taking time out to do something for yourself:
- lowers your stress levels
- calms your mind
- renews your energy
- increases your productivity
- improves your levels of patience
- gives you chance to notice your true feelings
- makes space for you to reflect and feel gratitude
- lifts your spirits
- gives you a more positive outlook
- gives you space to plan – and dream!
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT MAKING TIME WHEN IT FEELS LIKE THERE IS NONE?
So yes, it’s all very well and jolly agreeing that you need to take some time for yourself and that it’s a really important thing to do. But how do you go about seemingly magicking this time out of thin air?
Well I’ve got a post that can help you with that, ME TIME: 7 WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF, it lists the changes you can make and the things you can do to start making space in your day for yourself.
If you need more inspiration, then take a look at my post on 21 ME TIME IDEAS TO TEMPT YOU TO TAKE MORE TIME FOR YOURSELF.
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists. She has written about all aspects of organising family life for ten years. Her main areas of expertise are family finance and budgeting, simplifying housekeeping and family admin and kids’ party planning. Read more.