I found it slightly amusing that I couldn’t post anything last week on the topic expert Amy Hendel set out for us to consider, and practice. The topic was “ME TIME” and in fact, I was a direct practitioner because I was on a cruise, and didn’t have enough internet access to read Amy’s tips, and practice what she suggested.
But to be honest, I am a strong practitioner of “me time.” Certainly, I was taking plenty of “me time” by going away on vacation with my husband, even though the holidays are approaching and we’re both pretty stressed out with end-of-the-year deadlines. As Amy says, carving out some special “me time” isn’t selfish; it’s actually extremely important to spend time taking care of yourself. Stress and poor sleep habits can contribute to health issues and lackluster skin that’s prone to breakouts.
I guess I’m fortunate that I am a writer and I don’t have to stick to a rigid schedule, But the flip side of that is that I don’t have “time off.” When other people with regular jobs featuring weekly paychecks, pensions, and paid vacation, leave to 5:00 or 6:00 at night, I’m still at my computer, writing and doing everything necessary to keep The Advice Sisters, afloat. Often, I don’t even think about taking lunch, let alone taking time off.
Amy suggests that one way to get the “me time” one needs, is to schedule your entire week, from planning menus to shopping for everything at once and cooking for the week on Sunday. Honestly, that is never gong to work for a self-employed writer! However, what have tried to do is schedule some “me time” activities, such as working out with personal trainers, or seeing friends for dinner, or attending fun events, ahead of time. Then I know those time slots are taken, and I won’t back out of whatever it is that I had planned to do. When I was writing my first book: Recruiting Love: Using the Business Skills You Have to Find the Love You Want, I suggested this technique for the socially-shy (or lazy). Singles that schedule at least two social events per week into their calendars, tend to be more motivated to keep those appointments, instead of lazing on the couch and making excuses for not going out. The approach, really does work.
Amy also suggests that an important aspect of “me time” is figuring out what makes you happy, even if it’s only for a moment. For example, if you like long, hot showers, maybe you’ll schedule one in per week where the phone is off the hook, and the bathroom door is closed, and perhaps you might use Dial® NutriSkin™ body wash to cleanse and moisturize (this is a great multi-tasker as well as a nice way to pamper yourself).
One of my favorite “me time” activities is to read a chapter of a book I’m reviewing. I love to read, and I’m a fast reader. Taking the time to change my focus, and let a good book spark my imagination, is a perfect “me time” activity. Like a great box of chocolates, I might just read one chapter, even though I’d like to race through the entire book. Then, I’m eager for more “me time” to continue reading that book!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE “ME TIME” ACTIVITY? PLEASE COMMENT!
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