Make Time for YOU

5847290There are 24 hours in a day, but often it seems like there really isn’t enough time for things that matter most in life. Like you.

Technically, eight of those 24 hours are supposed to be spent sleeping, and chances are at least eight to 10 hours are dedicated to work. While it sounds like having those leftover six to eight hours would be plenty of time for some down time, somehow those hours seem to get swept away quite quickly by far too many tasks. There are errands to run, groceries to buy, commutes to drive, children to take care of, laundry to wash, messes to clean—the list could go on for a long time. Though it can seem like there isn’t much time for spending time with people, you make time for the things you want to make time for in life.

It’s time you started making time for you.

Whether at work or in your family life at home, you’re likely surrounded by others for much of your time. While it’s wonderful to build those relationships and connect with others and groups regularly, it’s also important to make sure you are getting some moments of solitude, as well.

It’s not selfish to set aside time for yourself—you might actually find you are a better wife, mother, friend, and employee because of the renewed energy and strength you gain by improving your own health through quality you time.

One way to ensure that you are indeed giving yourself the care you deserve is to set aside time on your own where you can disconnect from all of the stress around you and recharge.

There are a variety of ways you can find time with yourself, even if you feel like you don’t have a tremendous amount of “extra” time on your hands.

-Spend time alone in nature. Even if you’re only able to sit on your porch, just escape and sit. Do nothing. Relax, perhaps while you enjoy coffee or a book, or just look out at the world before you, remembering to be thankful for the things you have in life. If you are able to go for a walk, lace up your shoes and hit the road or the trail—parks are great places for this since they allow you to be in beautiful areas that may be filled with people, but yet still you can be in your own world.

-Take a bath. Bust out the aromatherapy bubbles, fill the tub, and just soak. Let your mind relax and forget about any troubles that have been nagging at you. Let the warm water soothe your muscles, and let yourself be pampered with a wonderful escape of rejuvenation that is solely for you.

-Do something you love because you deserve it. If you love painting, sign up for a class at a local venue. If you love reading, grab a book and head to the pool to soak up some rays while diving into your favorite genre. If you love exercise, hit the gym or go for a run by yourself, letting the endorphins fill you up and boost your vibes. If you love history, go to a local museum and let yourself be educated and enlightened.

Whatever you do, spend time with you, because you matter.