Giving myself some ‘me time’!

Everyone gets stressed. Work, family, finances, relationships, and just simply being too busy or over-scheduled can cause stress in your life. Additionally, you can bring stress upon yourself if you are a type-A personality, a perfectionist or set unrealistic expectations of yourself.

You’ll end up stressed out and burned out if you don’t scale back a little bit and carve out a little me time in your busy schedule.

The warning signs and symptoms of stress are numerous. Cognitively speaking, they range from anxiety and worry to poor judgment and problems focusing. You may have a short temper, feel overwhelmed or be generally moody when you are stressed out.

For some people, they have rapid heartbeats, chest pains, gastrointestinal problems and other aches and pains when experiencing stress. You also may sleep too little, eat too much, or even turn to drugs and alcohol during especially stressful periods of your life.

Life can feel like one long to-do list. Once you’ve ticked off work, childcare and running a house, doing your chores, taking care of others etc there never seems to be enough time left for much else — least of all you!

In order to avoid stress overload and burnout, you need to provide yourself some me time on a regular basis. “Me time” means different things to different people. It can mean getting a massage and a pedicure every Friday after work, or doing 30 minutes of meditation every night. It can mean waking up every Saturday morning and going for a drive alone, or vegging out on the couch on Sunday afternoon watching Lifetime movies.

So think again, step off that treadmill and take time for yourself. We all need to cut ourselves some slack for the sake of our sanity.

If you are used to putting others first it’s hard to prioritise yourself, especially as a parent, and not feel guilty about it.

Remember…

“If you are the engine room of the family it’s important to nurture yourself,”

“It’s a not a luxury, it’s a must which you shouldn’t feel guilty about.”

“Mums especially are good at shuffling themselves to the bottom of the pack and naturally looking after family and friends before themselves.”

Taking time for yourself has psychological and physical benefits. If you give yourself a break you’ll feel refreshed and happier.

A life coach once said: “It’s all about maintaining a good sense of self. If you don’t have ‘me time’ you can get resentful and feel like a dogsbody.”

When you focus on an activity just for you, stress levels go down and you have time to recharge the batteries.

If we keep going we never have a chance to stop and appreciate what we’ve got, and ask what do I need for me right now?”