We all do it, we all work ourselves too hard, become too busy, make too many plans. Sometimes we just forget to look after ourselves. But no matter what we have going on in our lives, it is so important to remember to make time for you.
Recently I have come to appreciate quite how much I need my me time. If you’re living with other people it can become difficult to separate yourself from them and really have time for you. I often find myself doing things I don’t really want to do because the people around me want me to take part.
My partner and I both respect each other’s personal time and often have weekends where we just don’t see each other. I love this time, it gives me a chance to write blog posts, read, laze around a little. It’s nice to know that I can dedicate my weekend to just doing the things I want. It’s also a huge aid to knowing you can do things on your own! People often comment on the fact that we don’t see each other some weekends or don’t text too much, like it’s an issue. But for me it shows that we respect each other and ourselves and we want those moments of doing things just for us.
Here are some tips I’ve put together to take some time out and work on yourself. I think this is hugely important when it comes to our mental health and preserving our wellbeing.
• Run a bath in the evening, light some candles, get a drink ready and bring your book too. I love doing this to chill out, it’s a time when no one can disturb you and you can stay there as long as you like. Tips to not get too hot for me are to always have a cold glass of water with me and also to have the window open just a tiny bit.
• Go shopping by yourself and spend time visiting all the shops you want to. I love doing this, because really when we shop with others, we probably forget to look at the things we really want to look at. This way you can explore at your own pace and take your time to enjoy it all.
• Play some soothing music that you love, turn on the fairy lights and snuggle up in your favourite spot to read for a few hours in the evening. I love doing this after work to chill me out if I’ve had a stressful day. It gets even better for me if I have a hot shower before hand and feel all warm and cosy.
• Take a walk somewhere beautiful and enjoy your own company. I often think I have to have other people with me all the time if I’m going out, but actually I quite enjoy the solitude. You could bring a book with you and sit down in a park to read, or just do some people watching, it’s oddly soothing!
• Go for a meal out and bring a book with you. I recently sat in Wagamama by myself in Bath, I had my book with me and the delicious food of Waga. I loved doing this, I felt like I was in my element, able to enjoy my food and my book. I will most definitely be doing this again!
• Go for a massage or a beauty treatment. These things are often dismissed because they’re expensive, but oh the help they can offer! I have scoliosis and have a monthly massage which really helps with my back pain, but also it’s just so nice to be able to relax for 30 minutes and enjoy the treatment.
• Have breakfast in bed and slowly laze about as you prepare for your day. If I’m able to, I like to start my day with my book in bed followed by breakfast and sometime to watch a few YouTube videos I’ve missed in the week. It’s my ideal way to start the weekend.