When I think about “me-time,” I tend to think about face masks, bathrobes and fluffy slippers. I also tend to think, I’ll do that on the weekend, I don’t have time, I need to make dinner, I need to walk the dog…
Do you see what got lost there? ME. Activities that make me feel good and recharge my batteries, seem to slip to the bottom of the priorities list.
Time for a mindset shift: me-time can come in different forms and doses. Reality check: you are not doing as good a job of taking care of others as think – if you are always at the bottom of your own to-do list.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. To truly give the best version of yourself to others, you have to come from a place of health, of nourishment, and of care – for yourself.
The key to making “me-time” count, and making sure that you are feeling the benefits of self-care, is intention. The way you look at things can make all the difference.
Me time can be the extra 2 minutes you spend in your morning shower, when you are intentionally taking that time to relax, to feel the heat of the water, to mentally prepare for your day.
Me time can be your drive home from work, when you pop in an audio book that really challenges and engages you towards your highest self.
Me time can be anywhere and everywhere, as long as you are putting yourself first. Check in with yourself, with your body, with your mind. What do you need? And what are you going to do today that will serve your needs? Self-care isn’t optional, it’s necessary.