The Importance of “Me Time”

January 31, 2017

How often do you actually take time to do something for yourself?

Between the job search, now starting a new job, living at home, having a boyfriend, having a blog, and attempting to have a social life, it’s a lot to juggle. Lately I’ve been running around like crazy person trying to apply to jobs, pack to stay at Daves’s house, spend time with my parents, and plan blog posts. In between all the running around I found that I wasn’t happy. Something needed to change. Then I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I did something for myself. By myself. Between time at home with my parents and with Dave, I find that I’m constantly in this state of rushing between two places, and never really having any alone time to do the things I love, or simply just things I need to do (part of this stems from not having my own place at the moment, which I’m sure a lot of you can relate to, or just the struggle of shuttling back and forth between two places).

Last weekend, I stayed at my house for one of the nights (I’m usually at Dave’s), woke up, and had most of the day to myself with no pressure to be anywhere or pack for something. After spending the morning cleaning up my room, running some errands, catching up on some magazines, and painting my nails, I seriously felt like a new person. Honestly, that little amount of solitude was everything I needed to recharge. I finally made time for myself and my stress just faded away.

I came to the realization that I need downtime by myself. We all need it. It seems silly that I’m just now realizing this, but it’s just one of those things you forget about. In my perpetually hurried state, I’m stressed and no fun to be around, but with just a little bit of “me time”, everything shifted back into place and I felt happy and balanced again. I mean, if I can’t make myself a priority and take care of myself, how can I be present for others? I now fully understand that my health/happiness should be number one, and that I can’t be happy if I keep on living my life for everyone else but myself. My goal is to make sure I incorporate at least a few hours of “me time” per week, whether it be grabbing a coffee and starting a new book, taking myself shopping, or watching my favorite movie. It’s definitely challenging to find time for yourself, but it’s absolutely necessary. I hope you all find a way to have some “me time” this week!

How do you make time for yourself? I’d love to hear any tips!

xo

Devon

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