- Why Self-Care is Important
- How to Find Time for Yourself
- 8 Ideas to Enjoy Some Me Time
- The Bottom Line
Our busy, modern lives can often feel like a juggling act – balancing work, family, relationships, and social commitments, all while trying to eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise, and drink enough water!
In the midst of all this you’re probably thinking, “How do I make time for me?”
Finding and enjoying time for yourself is not an indulgence, it’s essential. This time allows you to relax, recharge your batteries, and give you the strength and energy you need.
What’s more, self-care is more than just bubble baths: finding the perfect way to spend “me time” is about doing something that you find relaxing and rewarding.
Read on for a bunch of ideas for how to enjoy your time, plus tips for carving out this precious time in the first place.
Why Self-Care is Important
While you might think it’s selfish to take out time for yourself, this is essential for looking after your mental health and wellbeing. If you become burned out from burning the candle from both ends (and in the middle too) you won’t be any good to anyone. Taking some ‘me time’ is like hitting a refresh button that will help you refocus your energy.
Here are some underrated benefits of making time for yourself:
It helps to create balance. If you have a high-stress work life, you need to balance this by enjoying your time and relaxing outside of work. This is also true if you are under stress from other parts of your life, such as family commitments.
By taking out time for yourself, you can explore new parts of yourself. Just like you would get to know a new friend or lover, making me time allows you to get to know yourself better. After all, aren’t you one of the most important people in your life?
Making time for yourself allows you to explore your passions or build emotional and physical strength. This helps you to manage your stress levels throughout your daily life.
How to Find Time for Yourself
Making time for yourself in the midst of all the other demands on your time can be a challenge. Here are some ways you can carve out this valuable time for yourself.
1. Declutter Your Daily Schedule
To make time for yourself, you need to organise your daily schedule more efficiently. Find ways to combine tasks.
For example, you can listen to podcasts or audiobooks on your morning walk or during your workout. Above all, avoid non-essential activities like scrolling on Instagram: this is essentially wasting time that you could use in a more enjoyable way.
2. Plan Your ‘Me Time’
If you’re serious about making time for yourself, you need to plan it into your day. Planning will help to schedule your other tasks, preserve your precious me time, and so prioritise yourself!
Getting organised with a journal can let you schedule your time as well as help you to stick to your plans.
3. Delegate Your Tasks
If you have simply too many demands on your time, get rid of some of them. Hire help, delegate tasks to family, or ask for help from your co-workers or friends. If you try to do everything yourself, this is a sure path to stress and eventually burnout.
4. Learn To Say ‘No’
Before you agree to do something, consider whether you have time for it in your life. More importantly, is this something you actually want to do? Don’t say yes just because you don’t want to let someone down. By saying 'no' to others, you're saying 'yes' to yourself.
5. Take Mini Breaks Throughout the Day
If you can't manage to find big blocks of time, take small breaks instead. Even a quick 'me time' session can help you refresh and refocus your energy. Small gaps can include meditating, stretching, chatting with an old friend, refocusing your energy with crystals, or playing brain-challenging games like Sudoku.
8 Ideas to Enjoy Some Me Time
Whether it’s writing a poem, composing a tune, or painting, unleashing your creativity is one of the best ways to change gears and forget the stresses of the day. Don't focus on perfection — just let your ideas flow and create something.
Yoga is a great way to clear your mind, soothe your soul, and get some exercise at the same time. Join a yoga class or develop your own practice at home, even if it’s just 10 minutes in the morning or evening. There are some great apps and YouTube videos to guide you, and many of them are free!
Unplug from Technology
Ban all kinds of electronics and switch off your notifications. Take this time to do non-screen activities like reading a book, daydreaming, going for a walk, or playing with your pets.
Looking for some ideas of how to spend quality me time offline? Betterly’s got you covered with these cool ideas.
Whether it’s ice cream after dinner or a manicure, indulge in your guilty pleasures every now and then. Reward yourself and enjoy your time doing something you usually don't do.
Get Busy in the Kitchen
Whether it's baking a cake or grilling the perfect BBQ, cooking can be a creative and relaxing activity. Getting busy in the kitchen is also a great way to learn something new, from new recipes to entirely new cuisines. Plus you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious results!
This may not sound very indulgent, but giving back to others is one of the most rewarding things you can do. As well as breaking out of the monotony of daily life, making a difference in somebody else's life will give you all those warm, fuzzy feels.
Journaling is a powerful form of self-reflection that allows you to put your worries down on paper, explore your dreams, and develop creative ideas. This is a fantastic habit to cultivate that lets you take time out for yourself and express your feelings in a healthy way.
If you’re not sure how to get started, Betterly has a carefully curated Journaling series.
Get into Nature
Getting into nature not only helps you unplug, but science tells us that it can improve our mental health. Whether heading on a long hike in the wilderness, or simply chilling in the local park or your own garden, connecting with nature is a great way to spend some me time.
The Bottom Line
Finding and enjoying time just for you doesn’t have to be difficult. The hardest part is usually prioritising yourself.
Be sure to make time for you to relax, refresh, and realign your energy — by taking this time to fill your cup, you will be able to give more in other parts of your life.
To make things even easier, we can deliver ready-made ‘me time’ direct to your door with our eclectic range of subscription boxes.