Good morning friends!!! How are you all doing on this chilly Wednesday morning? I hope you are staying warm and safe!! We had a snow day hear in Nashville yesterday and for once, the snow was actually as much as they said it would be. The roads were pretty bad and the back roads are still a little dicey. But it is back to work today and honestly, after a day of being cooped up in the house, I was more than ready to get dressed up and get out the door! 🙂
Today I want to discuss a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. I have never been one of those girls that gets her hair cut and colored regularly, gets her nails done often, or gets her eyebrows waxed. I personally spend my money in other places, but I will say that self care and “me” time is something I am not good at. Yes, I wash my hair, brush my teeth and take care of myself, but I don’t often take a day or even an hour to relax and do something nice for myself.
I had a doctor appointment a few weeks ago (for my back) and he advised me to take at least 4 epsom salt baths a week. Yall, even this simple task seemed quite daunting to me. Even if the bath was only 20 minutes, I have a hard time not thinking about other things that I could be doing instead of relaxing in the bath. He also advised me to take a few minutes every day and stretch. While I exercise every day, I will say, I am horrible about stretching. There is just never enough time.
When it comes to self care and doing things for myself I have realized there are two things that hold me back a little bit. First of all, I am not a big spender. I buy things I need (and things I don’t), but it is hard for me to justify spending money on things like highlights, nails, spray tans, etc that are all so semi-permanent. Second of all is the guilt associated with being a little selfish and doing things for myself. I know I am not the only one here that has felt this way.
After speaking with my doctor a bit, I have decided to take more time for myself and be intentional about it. The last couple weeks I have implemented some “me” time into my schedule and I will say that it has been wonderful. And I haven’t spent a lot of money doing it!
Today I want to share my tips on making “me” time a priority!
- Schedule your “me” time in your calendar just like any other appointment. A personal trainer would tell you to schedule your workouts in your planner just like any other meeting so you are less likely to skip out on them and I think the same goes for a little “me” time. Each week I write down when I think I will have time for a yoga session, a long bath, time to read a book, or even some stretching.
- Personal time does not have to be expensive. Taking time for yourself can be as simple as taking a long walk in the park, doing a face mask in a bubble bath, laying down with a good book, painting your nails, styling your hair, trying out a new makeup look, or stretching while listening to some soothing tunes.
- Just like taking time for yourself doesn’t have to be costly, it also doesn’t have to be a long period of time or interrupt other daily tasks. I choose my “me” time when my husband is playing tennis or working. I take my “me” time when I have accomplished things that need to get done around the house or at work. If I know my daily will be jam-packed, I set my alarm a little earlier so I have the time I need to be intentional about de-stressing and relaxing.
- Taking time for yourself does not have to be a selfish act. Sometimes we need that alone time to recharge and refresh ourselves so that we can be the best person we can. I know I am a happy person when I take the time to exercise, style my hair, take a bath, or take a long walk. I am a firm believer that we get back what we put out in the universe, so why not put out the best version of ourselves?
I have noticed lately that by taking more time for myself that I feel a sense of calm. I told my husband yesterday after a long workout and a bubble bath that I have never felt so relaxed in my life. This in turn translated into me being a happier, more productive version of myself.
So now I want you guys to tell me your favorite “me” time activities!!
- What is one thing you do for “me” time?
- How do you prioritize “me” time?
- Why is “me” time important to you?