Finding time for yourself could be more important than you think. Work related stress, pressures at home or in your personal life are all reasons to find some time to yourself to think, de-stress and clear your mind.
Managing our work life balance so that there’s enough time in the day to relax and unwind is an increasingly hard thing to do. Office hours are increasing, out of work commitments are mounting up and commuting times too and from work are not getting any shorter in the big cities. Other issues, real or not, can build up creating pressures in our lives. Men and women have the need to compare themselves to peers, family and workmates and the material pressures that this applies can take a toll.
Taking time out for yourself, away from the TV, office, family and house can have some real tangible benefits.
This is not a spiritual article and meditation doesn’t have to be spiritual either. Look at is as a way to clear your mind. You can read about styles or methods that suit you online or on YouTube and it can take as little as five minutes a day. The physical benefits can include lower blood pressure, decreased tension and stress and increased moods and outlook. Others claim regular meditation can improve the immune system.
Reading a book by yourself in the park, at the beach, on a bench in the city during lunch can help you to de-stress and unwind. In an era when we spend so much time on our phones, tablets and Kindles it’s important to touch and read a paper book. Less screen time is good for your eyes, it can help you sleep in the evenings and, hey, you might even learn something while you’re at it!
Schedule time into your week
This is particularly important for parents and busy workers. If you can’t find time make time. Get your diary or online calendar and block out at least an hour 2-3 times per week that’s just for you. Switch off your phone, leave the kids with your partner/friends, take a bath, enjoy a wine alone and just switch off.
Do things alone
Admittedly this may not be for everyone but give it a try, what have you got to lose? Dining out at a local restaurant or ducking in to see a movie at the cinema could be just the perfect way to recharge from your busy schedule.
Take a bath and light a candle
It’s an oldy but a goody. Taking a bath can combine any of the above mentioned ways to chill out alone – reading, meditating or having a glass of wine alone. There are some relaxation products that you might want to consider incorporating too. Candles are cheap and easy, relaxing sprays, scented bath salts and more. Enjoy.
Clearing your mind, forgetting your troubles and resetting your priorities is not something you can do when you are too busy to stop and think. The first step is allocating some time to yourself. Second just choose something you like to do, the rest will take care of itself. When you’re along your thoughts can become clearer. Busy executives, mothers with their hands full and just about anybody else can start by prioritizing themselves.