Many of us, especially if you’re a parent or a busy professional, are programmed to give, give, give. Whether giving means giving more hours to your job to advance your career or over-scheduling your little one’s playdates to ensure they’re active, giving can be exhausting. Taking time for yourself can improve your attitude, productivity and overall well-being. Here’s why you need to schedule ‘you time.’
It Will Improve Your Relationships
Less stress typically means a happier outlook. When you’re stressed because you’ve overbooked yourself it’s easy – and completely human – to become snippy with those you love. It’s well-documented that stress can make you sick. And sick you is no good to anyone!
Remembering to take time to meditate, exercise or partake in your favorite hobby will keep you happier and healthier. Spending time engaging in hobbies you enjoy also makes you more interesting. If you’re completely focused on one aspect of your life, you’re only nurturing one element of your personality. When you come home after a long day of work, instead of telling your family about work, yet again, you can tell them about the new running technique you read about or the fantastic lunch spot you should all visit.
‘You Time’ Can Provide Unexpected Inspiration
If you’re working around the clock or at the beck and call of your family and friends, you have little time to let your brain just be. Taking a break from a long, arduous task to do something completely different can provide inspiration to help you look at that task or project with a fresh set of eyes. This can be applied to life in general. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a ‘you’ break. Step away from the chaos to take a coffee break, go for a walk or write in a journal. Heck, even a good, quick nap can help you meet the remainder of the day with a fresh outlook.
Bonus tip: If you have trouble making ‘you time,’ add blocks of time to your calendar or enlist an accountability partner to help you make it happen. Be good to yourself!
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