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Does Your Busy Life Include ME-Time?

March 3, 2010 in Life

Does Your Busy Life Include ME-Time?….6 Ways to Add Me-Time to YOUR Fantastically Busy Life!

It’s already March, we are 2 months into 2010…can you believe it?  I anticipated a fantastically busy 2010 and I’ve trained myself to balance my busyness with time specifically  to take care of ME!  As a busy mom are you pushing yourself to be all that you can be and maximize your potential? In your drive for excellence, are you taking on so many projects that life often seems chaotic. In the midst of doing it all, do you remember to take your “ME-time”?

“ME-time” is critical to living a balanced life! We defined ME-Time on our blog back in October, 2009.  Spending time on YOU enables you to feel rested, calm, stress-free, and fulfilled. When you’ve had proper rest, you can accomplish more and maintain the stamina to continue.

On the other hand, if you neglect to make time for yourself, you’re more likely to become depressed, stressed, or unhappy.  If you haven’t taken any time for yourself in awhile and you are feeling slightly out of balance, get your balance score to figure out just where you are.

Perhaps you feel that there’s just not enough time for you. Somewhere in the mix, you may feel as if you have lost any time you ever had for yourself. However, the good news is that, with some creativity and perseverance, you can recapture some of that critical ME-time!

Consider using these strategies to reap some rejuvenating ME-time for yourself:

1. Schedule it. Make time for yourself by adding it as a priority in your schedule. As you fill out your planner, include it along with your other important tasks and stick to the appointment!  On Sunday evening look at your schedule for the week and pick a day and time that works.

2. Give yourself 15 minutes when you get home. Insist on at least 15 minutes of recoup and rejuvenation time when you get home from work. If you have to lock yourself away from stressors or even family members, than that’s what you must do! This time allows you to properly transition from your work life to your home life.

* Explain this new technique to your family so that they understand its importance. This way, no one feels like you’re just avoiding them!
* A simple strategy is to soak in the bath for 15 minutes. The water will relax you, and you’ll feel refreshed after a long day.

3. Take advantage of your lunch break. Your lunch break is there for you to do what you please. After you eat, make good use of your time by going for a walk, exercising, listening to inspiring music, or even get in a bit of shopping if that’s what relaxes you.

4. Enjoy a break while the kids nap. Here’s a good tip for stay at home moms. Give yourself some much needed “ME-time” whenever your children sleep. You might be tempted to get as much work done as you can while they’re asleep, but you’ll find you actually get more done if you give yourself a chance to rest and rejuvenate yourself.

* Explore new ways of accomplishing things like household tasks while your kids are up. For example, turn chores into learning games that you can all participate in.

5. Go to sleep earlier. Going to sleep earlier at night will enable you to get up in time to enjoy some morning “me” time. Just think how pleasant it would be to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning without having to look at your watch.

6. Take a vacation day. Take a vacation day to just relax and do whatever you like. You don’t have to take a trip to take a vacation! Time spent on your favorite hobbies will also rejuvenate you. When you return to work, your renewed energy may surprise you!

At first glance, these strategies may look difficult to implement into your busy routine. A good way to get started with them is to incorporate just one at a time. That way, you only have to adjust to one small change. As you become accustomed to that one strategy, you can add another, and then another, until one day you’ll find that taking ME- time for yourself is easy.

Once you learn to make time for you, you’ll have more energy and time to enjoy the good things life has to offer.

Be Balanced!

Deona

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JC Conrad-Ellis March 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm

So true. I’m on my “Me” time right now. After I return from picking the kids up from school and engage with them to hear their 3 d’s: “day data dump” I go chill for 15-30 minutes before I start the homework help, dinner prep routine. When I don’t get my me time, mama turns into a grizzly bear. Not pretty!

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