August 17, 2020

One of my favorite quotes when I think about my business and my family and my customers and team is this: ”Self care means giving the world what’s best of you instead of what’s left of you.” Katie Reed

Suffice it to say, I believe in self-care. I believe in “Me Time”.

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Today's society

I know that a lot of people struggle with spending time on themselves — it can feel selfish. It can feel less important than the more urgent matters that seem to consume or lives. It can feel like a luxury when our planners are filled to the brim, with very little white space left for self-care.

To me, your Me Time should be built into your calendar. It should be scheduled the same way that important meeting at your job is or your kid’s baseball game is. A life without Me Time is a life headed for BURNOUT. And quickly.

What is "me time"?

When you think of "me time," you probably think of:

  • Taking a relaxing bath
  • Doing a face mask
  • Meditating
  • Doing your nails
  • Watching your favorite TV show

But it can also be treating yourself in a different way, than simply relaxing.

Like, if there's something you've really wanted to do for a long time...A redecoration project? A craft you've really wanted to try? A book you've really wanted to read? A new exercise class that sounds a little daunting, but interesting? Those also count as "me time." It's not just about spa treatments and relaxing, but it's "me time" — self-care — any activity you are doing just because YOU want to!

And plus, maybe taking a relaxing bath with some hot tea is not as relaxing to you as the idea of catching up with an old friend over the phone, or making a list of goals you want to accomplish.

Whatever really makes YOU feel great and feel connected to yourself, that's "me time"! It doesn't have to be just stereotypical relaxation stuff.

How long?

If you’re here because you hoped I would be able to give you a specific formula for the exact amount of self-care you need, you will be disappointed. I’m not here to tell you whether and when you should have an hour carved out for yourself, or a day carved out for yourself. Because everyone has different needs based on their season of life and lifestyle.

But one piece of advice I feel like I can give is, if you are feeling like you NEED some "me time"...and are stressed and strung out...then it's probably already a sign that you don't have "me time" often enough.

You know how people say if you're properly hydrated, you will never be super thirsty, and so, if you're already feeling thirsty, then you're already dehydrated?

The exact same thing is true of "me time." If you're often irritable, and maybe taking that out on your spouse or kids...or if you are feeling too tired...or have lost your sense of fun...then this is a sign that you need to be building more "me time" into your life.

We live our lives at a rushed and hurried pace that we assume is normal because everyone we know is running the same race, at the same speed. We are supposed to feel this busy, this stressed all.the.time.

I don’t accept this. And I don’t think self-care is the only solution, but I absolutely believe it is part of the solution.

It's so important to MAKE time for yourself, even when it feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. After all, if you aren't meeting your own needs, then how are you supposed to show up as your best self for others?

For me, the prioritization of my health and fitness has been the best example of “me time” that makes me better in every other area of my life. Starting my day with a workout, positively impacts the way I approach my day, the way I work, the way I parent, and the the way I relate to myself.

If you want my help on meeting your health and fitness goals — which definitely counts as "me time" you won't regret! — just fill out this form. I'll be in touch soon with a plan customized for you and your needs! 

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