As we enter the holiday season, the hustle and bustle is exciting, but also can be overwhelming. It feels like there’s always another task to get done, another person to see, and another place to go. The constant motion is exhausting. In these days more than ever, it’s important to take time to ourselves. Call it your designated “me time.”
My designated me time is Friday mornings from 10 AM- 12 PM. During this time, I have no obligations and am free to do what I want. Sometimes, I’ll watch a television show I’m behind on. Other times, I’ll read some articles I had saved, but hadn’t had time to read. Then, there are other mornings, like yesterday, where all I want to do is curl up on my couch with my warm drink and think. And for those two hours, I can do that.
My me time is not at all extravagant– it’s simple and actually, boring. But, when I cut those two hours out of my week, everything feels off. I feel more stressed out– like I’m constantly running with no end in sight. Those two hours a week are what center, calm, and refocus me for the coming week.
It’s time to breathe.
I always repeat that self-care is a journey, with successes and failures. Finding two hours a week to dedicate just to me has been a huge success. However, I want to emphasize that me time doesn’t look the same for everyone. For some people, their me time will be a walk around the neighborhood. For others, it might be painting or drawing, while there will also be people who elect for meditation as their me time.
Me Time is not one size fits all.
It’s a struggle to find what works for you. I had tried making my me time going to the gym– while I still go to the gym, I didn’t find this was a calming time for me. I tried making my me time when I journaled, but I still felt crazed. I struggle with meditation and so, it couldn’t be my relaxant.
It was in trying all these different methods though that I realized what I needed from my me time. I needed no pressure and no obligation. I needed the ability to be quiet and loud, depending on the day. I just needed free time.
And, when in doubt, I listen to Billy Joel’s Vienna, a song that I mention very often on this blog.
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while