30 days of Stress Tips (day 8 - me time)
Posted on 27th May 2020 at 08:02
It seems we spend so much of our time on other people's agendas - at work, our kids, our partners, our parents and our friends. Because of this, it is so important to build in some "me" time for yourself, ideally everyday, but at least three times per week. By "me" time, I mean any activity that you do for no other reason than the fact that you enjoy it. Something that nourishes you. It could be playing an instrument, going for a walk, reading a book, cooking, skydiving... it doesn't matter what it is as long as you enjoy it.
Now, I know that sometimes this can be a challenge. You have had a busy day at work and you get home and the dinner needs cooking, the lawn needs mowing, the kids want their goodnight story and you want to spend half an hour playing the guitar? Nevertheless, fitting in some "me" time in your weekly schedule is vital for your mental health.
As well as lowering your stress levels, this is also good for building resilience. When you are going through a rough patch at work or doing a houshold chore that you hate, knowing that when it is completed you can reward yourself by playing your flute or whatever makes it much easier to get through. As humans we work well with the reward system, after all, this is the way we were taught from birth "you can have the ice cream if you eat all your vegetables!" etc.
So, build in some "me" time every week and be selfish (just for a little bit)
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