"Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own." ~ Oprah
“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne
Recently we got into a discussion with friends about "me time". Most of my friends have it all - lovely family, kids and a full time job. All this comes with a price as all this keeps us really busy. That's when we start getting angry and stressed and often take it out on our loved ones. We all love need any "me time" we can manage to get - even if it's a short time to charge our batteries.
Everyone has different ways of taking time out to relax and unwind. The most important is to find the time for yourself and decide what makes you happy. For some us it could just be having an hour to read, listen to music or catch up on TV for others it could be going to the gym or just for a walk or coffee with a friend. Walking by the sea or river or bird watching can be really relaxing.
Here is my list of how to have some "me time" for anyone (men or women) without spending too much money:
1. Plan the "me time" or you will never get it. Create some personal time by making it like an appointment in your calender - like you would for a visit to the doctor or dentist.
For me the best time to do this is to wake up early and spend time doing what my mood dictates. Often it's just reading or catching up with emails. Yesterday, I decided to take a walk. I always walk with a small camera in my pocket so that I can take pictures of anything and everything!! e.g. l saw this old BT telephone box in someone's front garden. I loved the idea that it was kept clean and had some lovely hanging baskets growing inside.
It was cold but so peaceful and quiet and I got the inspiration to share with you my thoughts on how important it is to have some time to yourself. Believe me once you get into the habit of waking up early and enjoy the peace and quiet time - you will want to keep doing it.
2. Treat yourself and don't feel guilty about it. In my case, I found this quite difficult to do as I am always looking for trinkets and gifts to buy for my family as it makes me happy. However, I have now started to treat myself with little guilt free gifts that help me happy and relaxed with the family e.g. essential oils, fragrances, candles, fresh flowers, soothing music etc. which help to calm me and the family can also enjoy the benefits.
3. Pamper yourself - e.g get your hair and nails done, massage etc. I always feel positive and happy whenever I have my hair done. I also look out for discounted Spa deals at our local spa which tends to have special offers during the weekdays. It's perfect if you can take some time off during the week.
4. Take up a hobby that makes you happy - e.g golf, knitting, gardening, learn to play the piano etc. the options are countless. I saw this knitted Paddington Bear in a shop window and remembered how at one time I used to love knitting. I still have a bag of knitting needles and wool and am tempted to start knitting again. At the moment, I am going to devote my time to this blog which has been neglected as I have been busy looking after a family member ( I am not ready to talk about it as yet.). Tea and Catchup blog is where I am going to relax and share my thoughts on any subjects so do leave comments with suggestions on what I should talk about. I could do with a challenge!!