How Do You Make Time For Yourself?

And Why You Should do It More Often!

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 Peace: I Guess You Have to Keep Creating It – Holy Mole Comic Strip by Rick Hotton

Day 9 of November’s National Health Blog Challenge Month!

Do you have a certain routine (daily, preferably) or “escape” each day that’s for you and you alone?  If you don’t, it may be the very thing missing from your life.

At least 5 days a week, I retreat to the bathroom for a little “girly” escape. I put on a facial mask soak my feet in the tub, then follow it up with a foot scrub treatment, finishing off with great “girly” smelling lotion. After I take off the facial mask, I do or re-do my nails if they need it. Then I’ll finish the retreat off with a chapter from the Agatha Christie novel I’m reading at the time.

One of the quirkiest of the quirky things about me is that I am ALWAYS in the middle of an Agatha Christie mystery.  Even if it means going back and reading one I’d read years ago.  What can I say, I’m obsessed with Agatha Christie.

It may sound crazy to some people (especially males!) but the mini-retreat does me a lot of good and I mean A LOT. Fortunately, I work from home, so when I’ve reached a certain point in my day when I could use a little relaxation, I minimize all of the windows on my computer, grab my coffee and iced tea (naturally I have both going at all times – another quirk or am I not alone in this one?), and off I head for the back of the house… followed immediately by my one of our cats, Alexa, who enjoys a good retreat, herself.

More than anything, these precious few minutes I steal away from the day recharge me.  No matter how I felt immediately before the mini retreat… when I return to my computer, work, and the real world, I feel (and smell!) a world better.  I guess you could say it puts me in a better place.  In fact, I find that my thinking is even clearer after I return to my work. My creativity flows more graciously and I’m able to get things done in no time at all.

Like I said, it recharges me!

A lot of times I’ll hear from people who say they feel as though they’re hanging on by a thread.  Whether it’s stress, anxiety, or the blues – life appears to be serving them more than their plate can hold. Inevitably, I’ll ask them what they do to take time for themselves.  Just one short “get away” each day could make all the difference in the world.

How about you? What do you do each day to take a little time for yourself and recharge your own batteries?

~ Joi

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3 thoughts on “How Do You Make Time For Yourself?

  1. I wake up early about 15 minutes and try to get something important done. you would be amazed what you can do in 15 minutes. It’s the fact also that I am not rushed. I try to be zen like with everything and give myself time. When I leave to work, I leave 15 minutes earlier than I should so I have a calm and safe drive there. By doing everything this way, I never really run out of batteries. I am always calm and de-stressed. it’s a good practice. I highly recommend it.
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  2. Great advice, Logan. It’s TRUE, 15 minutes can result in a lot. Attack it early and it’s out of the way – you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. I like it!

  3. I am a huge fan of getting up early, it allows me to focus on my day ahead and read for half an hour (instead of doing my neals :) )from the book I currently read. As I often work from home, I also allow myself a 25 minutes rest after lunch, which recharges me for the rest of the day. This way I keep myself productive and de-stressed. I also like the 15 minutes ahead of myself approach that Logan mentioned, sounds like it can keep ones mind in peace! Might give it a try too. :)