Taking Time For Yourself | Self Care

One of my goals for this year is to make more me time, this is one thing I very rarely do. I really need to make the time for self care…

Me time, take time for yourself

Taking time for myself is always something I want to do, but either after a busy day I am too tired or I don’t have time. I always put others first, epescially the kids needs and often neglect taking some much needed time for myself.

I have lots of hobbies such as photography, drawing, colouring, handlettering to name a few but I always put these on the back burner and often forget to take time out. Having me time doesn’t just have to be doing hobbies, there is many ways such as having a pamper, read a book, just sit and listen to an album. What ever way you find comfort in relaxing and having a moment to yourself, most of us don’t take the time to do this.

I recently took half an hour to do some colouring, which I haven’t done for a long time and it made me so relaxed. I love anything with art and I really need to make more time for this. I am debating trying to take time a couple of evenings a week, take the time away from blogging as my routine means the posts are always completed. For me having routines works much easier. So to make the time of having an evening free could be slotted in.

Colouring, Johanna bashford, me time

There are many ways to take some me time and to relax. As I mentioned before, you may have your hobbies. You may like art like me, or you may be a bookworm or budding Lego enthusiast. If you are like me and need to take some me time then try a challenge for a month of once a week taking some time out.

Some ways of having me time could be:

  • Bubble Bath
  • Painting
  • Reading
  • Gaming
  • Writing
  • Pampering
  • Baking
  • Drawing
  • Shopping
  • Photography
  • Reading
  • Binge Watching
  • Sleeping

You don’t have to just take time to complete hobbies if taking me time. You may not even have a hobby. There are other ways to have a relaxing moment, such as going for a coffee. I went through a stage of making sure I went to costa an evening a week. I would do blog work while there which I find relaxing, but I wanted to try and get out of the house and be me. Normally I am either at home with the kids or at work, so having a moment away with no little children or husband and having a peaceful vanilla latte made such an impact. I haven’t done this for a while and must start this again.

Also last year I braved the fear of going to the cinema on my own. Antony is not keen on films and we don’t ask people to babysit often so I decided to go on my own one night and after the initial anxiety panic kicked in I was ok. Taking this time to myself pushed me out of my comfort zone but at the same time I was glad I done this. I find being a mummy I tend to feel naked with no child with me and use them as a barrier in a way to make myself more comfortable, so even going for a costa on my own is a big thing for me.

There are numerous ways to make some me time and looking after your self care. The biggest challenge is taking the time, and not pushing this aside as everyone needs a few minutes to themselves. Even if this is 10 minutes in your lunch break or booking a day off to yourself, make sure you take the time for self care and put yourself first. Not doing this is going to make you feel pushed and you can burn yourself out. Taking the chance to ensure you have me time helps you be productive and gives you a breather.

What are your tips for ensuring you look after your self care? Have you any favourite me time activites?



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