Do you feel like you watch the clock to see when it is time to sit down, pour that glass of wine and settle in for an episode of The Bachelorette? There are days where we just stare at the clock and wonder when is it “me time”? As working women, we give so much of ourselves to so many people and to so many priorities that it’s important to set aside time to practice self-care. After all, without taking care of ourselves and setting aside some “me time,” how can we expect to give so much to everyone else?
We are all so busy trying to be the best we can be, both at work and at home. We often set unattainable expectations for ourselves. Does this sound familiar? In a day, we have to get ourselves up and running, ideally eat a decent breakfast, if we are lucky we squeeze some kind of workout in. For those of us who have kids, that’s like a second marathon to run in the morning and again at night, getting them ready and out the door then trying to spend quality time with them at the end of the day and getting them off to bed. Oh, and then we have our spouses or significant others to try to remember to make feel appreciated and important, and to be a sounding board for and to encourage…and don’t get me started on the guilt that comes when we don’t call our parents enough, or sisters or brothers, not to mention friends. I haven’t even started sharing how we are also juggling a 9-5 full time career or a part time career or starting a business or running a side business on top of all this busy-ness!
We give and we give and we give, and it’s so important to create a moment of ME time, the solace, the comfort of the crisp glass of wine or that guilty pleasure tv or book and for just that moment, we get to take a moment for ourselves…and then you guessed it someone is calling our name, or texting us or the phone starts ringing…
What can you do for you? Here are 5 ways I set aside me time to practice self-care:
- Sit in the car for 5 blissful minutes with no one in the car, crank up your favorite song and sing at the top of your lungs or just sit in that nice quiet car and close your eyes and empty your mind. Just grab those spare moments in between errands, commutes, drop-offs, wherever you can find it.
- Go have a cup of coffee ALONE. Or a glass of wine ALONE. You get my drift here, take a moment to treat yourself, take a deep breath, and just appreciate how amazing you are.
- Exercise. This can mean a 5 min walk with the dog or a trip up the stairs instead of the elevator on days that you just don’t have the time. The most important thing is to get moving, taking the time to be healthy and active does wonders for your overall mindset, especially if it’s something outdoors!
- Read a book. This could be a novel, a motivational book, heck some days a motivational quote may be all we allow ourselves time for…whatever it is, enriching your mind is an important part of self-care and reading is a proven way to effectively decompress.
- Positive affirmations. By telling yourself that you are strong and successful it helps you to really believe that, even on days where you’re struggling to get anything done or everything seems to be going wrong. Having a personal mantra or positive affirmations that you consistently say to yourself, OUT LOUD, every day helps to remind you that you really are amazing.
Setting aside “me time” and making self-care a priority is so important because it is essential that you remember and believe that you make a difference in all that you do. Remember what you have accomplished. Focus on what makes you feel complete and recognize that you are strong, powerful, and smart. You can TAKE once in awhile too, because my goodness, you sure do give.
How do you practice self-care?