#1: "Me time” is not watching an episode of your favourite TV show (that would be your leisure time). Your 'me time' should be focused on YOU by putting awareness on yourself.
When did you last give your mind, body and soul your full awareness?
I know for me, I use to put self-care as a last priority. It wasn’t until recently I made a commitment to focus on me and do something for myself, by myself for at least 15 minutes each day.
I find the more I do this simple thing, the happier and the more content I feel. I like to call it my 'me time'. And I think some 'me time' is critical for just about anyone with a bus lifestyle everyone.
Studies show 15 minutes a day for your own self-care can be very rejuvenating and healing. Spending content quality time on your own can not only be therapeutic. It's also immensely good for you if you do it the right way. There should be no cell phones, no distractions, and there are three ways to spend these 15 minutes.
But first, there are two rules to this challenge:
Exercise, walk, yoga, bubble bath, massage, facial. There are abundant ways you can nurture your body.
Just choose one.
When you have dinner with your family, are you on your phone checking messages or watching TV? Do you even sit at the same table together?
Also be aware of where your thoughts are. A lot of research has shown that people who spend most their time thinking of the past feel more emotional pain or even depressed, whereas people who constantly focus on the future experience more stress and anxiety.
We cannot change the past and we also cannot control what will happen in the future, the only thing we can fully control and have power over is this very moment.
A simple shift of making it a habit to be fully conscious in the now, even for just 15 minutes a day, will begin to break those thought patterns of being non-present and enhance your gift of self-awareness.
A great way to do this is to spend at least 10 minutes meditating alone in a silent room. Or sitting silently in nature.
Gets you in tune with your intuition
Releases daily stress and anxiety
Makes you feel happier
Helps release self-sabotaging behaviors
Makes you feel content again
Drink a cup of tea or coffee on your front porch in silence. Pray. Meditate. Just take 15 minutes of full presence. And remember, meditation is not about having no thoughts, but being observant of your thoughts, and letting them go.
So go ahead and take a walk in the park today, taking a moment to breathe in the fresh air, create a gratitude list and place it on your desk – every day add one more thing to that list.
Care for yourself, and be kind to yourself, self-love doesn’t happen overnight, but when we put more focus on taking better care of ourselves, we begin to heal ourselves in many ways. And our whole world begins to change.
Because when you care for yourself better, you live better. And life gets happier for not just you, but for those around you.
You are brilliant and you are a beautiful and extraordinary human being. You deserve your own time and attention - body, mind and soul.
Spend 15 minutes caring for yourself today.
Much Love & Kindness,