Most people know that taking time for yourself is good for you and is therefore essential for happiness. But do we also take the time to think about what taking care of yourself actually means? You can’t do it by itself, so yes, it’s a matter of learning. Exercise. We all know that you have to eat ‘ healthy ‘. Drink a sufficient amount of water. Sleep enough, meditate and all kinds of other relaxation rituals that let’s you relax. And that is what is going on very often, many people know how it works, what needs to happen and yet many people fail to turn it into deeds. to act accordingly.
Of Course, a drink and dinner with friends and/or loved ones are fun activities to do. But at the same time, it is essential to free up a period of ‘ being with yourself ‘. Give Yourself love. Let’s call it ‘ me-time ‘. Just have time to be, recharge and re-determine who you are and what you are standing for.
What is ‘ me- time’ good for?
– it reboots your brain.
-It helps you (consciously) relax.
-It improves concentration.
-It makes you more productive.
-It gives space to (re) discover yourself.
-It gives time to think deeper (then just finish the to-do lists in your head).
-It deepens relationships.
What do we spend our time on?
Most of the time we devote our time to watching TV, socialize (online and live) and communication, sports, and recreation. You understand that when your agenda is tightly planned, there is no time to sit without tasks or assignments on the couch. Without doing anything that immediately yields something. Doing nothing is a profession. That sounds very weird, but try it, you’ll see. There is always a (visible) outcome, or subsequent action required. And, and, and… But there are only 24 hours in a day. Yes really.
The benefits of ‘ me-time ‘ are immediately noticeable
So true! When you spend quality time with yourself, you are instantly a more enjoyable person for your environment. A nicer partner, mother, colleague. And don’t think immediately in ‘ complicated ‘ or precious things. On your free day, just put me-time on your to-do list today. Put on big cattle of tea, go in the bath (yes!) with your favorite bathing salts, good music, do your beauty rituals extended (hair removal, oil, foot/nail care).. you name it. Meditate for a good ten minutes. Without expectations just close your eyes, breathe and let go of everything that comes to mind. Hurray! You will see that this time is so healing for you. These are moments to let go of things or to get inspired just to try something new. These ‘ me-time ‘ moments are entirely at your own discretion. It can also be just sitting on the couch and read the newspaper. Preferably without WiFi, computer and/or smartphone.
Doing nothing is also doing SOMETHING
We say to our children all too often when they are bored. ‘ I don’t need to keep you busy, do I? Feeling bored is a good thing. From doing nothing you learn to think creatively. And yes this also applies to adults. What a revelation. So doing nothing is a good thing. For your mind, new and renewed energy, and for fresh dose of creativity. The beauty of doing nothing is that you always feel: fill in the gab. You also feel recharged. And, try to repress guilt immediately, because me-time is an essential part of life. And a very nice way to get stress free and go lighthearted through life. So it is important that you can be alone. To be able to rely on yourself. Your self-confidence will increase automatically. As well as your self-knowledge. You will also experience more resilience in the flow of life. It’s really okay not to continually fill your life with activities and people. It ultimately makes you a more enjoyable and better person.
Well, that bonus gets you by itself. By planning that deliberate silence and/or ‘ Me-time ‘ you come back to your core. And once again you know what you REALLY like. That sounds very crazy. But because you often live so conditioned, you can lose the essence of your life. So very basic questions can surface like: ‘ What Kind of food do I really enjoy? ‘. Without the pedantic voice in your head and without all the arguments why you aren’t allowed to eat that favorite food, or ‘ because you always do it.. ‘.
The well-known voice, of course, can delude all kinds of things. For example-in the case of the type of foods:
– Because the ingredients are very hard to get;
– It takes forever to prepare;
– Because I just don’t have the time.
The latter is a nice bridge to ask for and also to end with.
Why don’t you actually have time for it?
Don’t you want to give yourself this extra time?
Of course, you can give yourself this time! And it will make you feel delighted. And you’re going to radiate.
And like that famous advertisement reads: ‘ Because you’re worth it ‘. Exactly!