Photo by Michael Avon
When was the last time you did something you truly loved and enjoyed? When was the last time you took some time to focus on yourself and encourage yourself to be creative, to be expressive, and to have fun??
Today’s challenge is about finding “me time” in the midst of our chaotic busy days. This challenge is different for everyone so there’s no right way or wrong way to do this challenge. Finding time in your day to help you unwind and prioritize yourself could be challenging. I suggest we start slow and work out way up to spending significant time doing what we enjoy. I understand between family and work, it will take effort on your part to make the time.
While living in Los Angeles and Atlanta, I found myself stuck in traffic a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean at least a couple hours every time I needed to drive to the other side of town. While being busy all day and exhausted at night once I got home, there really was no time for doing anything I truly enjoyed. So I started slow, I started by listening to my favorite music in the car and really getting into the songs. I helped with lessening the stress and anxiety associated with being stuck in traffic and it just felt great to let loose and sing songs on top of my lungs without anyone hearing me. So many as you drive to work or drive home from work, you let loose in the car. Listen to that favorite song or that audio book you have been putting off. Choose to make that time about you. Maybe stop off at your favorite coffee shop before getting on the road and treat yourself to your favorite latte or mocha before facing the morning traffic!
If you don’t find yourself stuck in traffic like I did, maybe you could make time to grab a glass of wine alone or with some friends, going for a walk, reading or watching TV. The possibilities are endless! Dig deep and seek out the things you enjoy doing…then do them! Even just a few minutes a day will make a world of difference in your life.
Our partners at Well-Being Trust and Providence Medical Group say that just spending 10 minutes a day of downtime can help manage stress better by allowing you appropriate time to decompress and center yourself before you take on any more challenges and additional stress for the day.
So try it! It’ll be time well spent!