Me time isn’t just spending time on your own…
It’s about being present with yourself; mind and body. ‘Me Time’ is the conscious effort of taking (much needed) time-out to recharge your batteries. Me time can be spent in a range of ways and can vary for person to person. It can be achieved through having a bath, reading a book, going for a walk, performing yoga, getting your hair or nails done, and so many more activities. Essentially, as long as you’re alone with your thoughts and undertaking mindfulness during any activity, you’re successfully spending some quality ME time.
Why is Me time so important?
Because, whether we believe it or not, our mind and body are connected, and for our mind and body to function optimally, they need to be in sync. When they aren’t, you may notice changes in both. Such as, stress and tension may manifest themselves in your body as aches and pains like stomach cramping, back or neck aches or even migraines. And the same principle applies reversed. If you have a physical injury that restricts you from undertaking usual activities, you may notice a change in mood, motivation, or concentration.
It is amazing how our mind and body communicate with us, and regularly undertaking Me Time allows you to understand their messages and take actions according to what you need to be healthy.
So, how EXACTLY do you be present during me time?
Again, this can be different for everyone, but breathing and focus are key ingredients. Consciously taking deep breaths in and out allows your body to turn off any stress induced Fight or Flight mode that may be subconsciously switched on, and reset you to Rest and Digest mode. As you take deep breaths focus on different parts of your body; reconnecting your mind and body. Become aware of every single part of what makes you – YOU.
If you have any mind or body concerns, niggles or aches – focus on them. Don’t avoid any thoughts or concerns, delve into them. Talk to yourself internally. Ask yourself what might be going on to cause the issues and problem solve. If there’s a problem you can’t solve, that’s okay, but remind yourself that you’re safe. You won’t always know the answers, but accepting that will still do wonders for you. Getting in tune with your mind and body isn’t hard, but it does take concerted effort.
What are you waiting for?
Enjoy some Me Time, and your mind and body will thank you for it!
Written by Lorraine Sindel