Check your phone. Sip your coffee. Reply to a text. Tweet an update.
In today’s modern life, having time to yourself can be but a distant dream to most. With the growing pressure of a constant social media presence, it can be almost impossible to find a moment of me-time. A moment to breathe, a moment to relax, a moment to think about nothing at all.
Between running errands, going to work and trying to find 7-8 hours of a sleep night, the very idea of me-time can be a laughable topic to most.
Here at Jamie Kira, we don’t strive to find time to ourselves – we just do it. Here are our 5 tips on how to ACTUALLY find time for yourself:
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but studies have shown again and again the positive impact that daily exercise can have on our mood, health and mindset. Promise to yourself that you’ll fit in daily exercise – it doesn’t matter if it’s a brisk walk during your lunch break or a super early start to the day. Relish in the release of all the good endorphins and enjoy your alone time while you exercise. It’s actually a lot easier to focus on yourself when you’re exercising, because you’re doing something that is totally dedicated to yourself – you go girl (or guy)!
Before you groan aloud, we’re not here to tell you to ditch the screens completely. In fact, we love our Netflix & Chill time, but we love genuinely putting down the technology and resorting to an ol’ fashioned novel as well. Doesn’t have to be an intense read, just something that you’ve maybe wanted to read but haven’t had the time – a magazine, novel or your friend’s new poetry book (eek, okay maybe not that one!).
The most important thing about having me-time is committing to it, and this can be a big step for a lot of people. Grab your diary right now, and have a glance at the coming week. You’ve probably got a few work meetings and maybe a catch up with friends scheduled in there as well. Less likely? Time to yourself. It sounds like a silly concept, but by blacking out time in your calendar and devoting it to me-time, you’re 100 x more likely to actually commit to it. Whether it’s a hot bath with candles and a glass of wine, or going shopping and treating yo’ self – it’s time we all need and ALL deserve.
Written by Ellie Parker for Jamie Kira.