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Life has become so hectic and fast paced these days that time has turned into a precious commodity. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done! However it is important to remember that we, as an individual, are the key factor in being able to do the things we need to, and should keep ourselves in mind as much as everything that is going on around us. It shouldn’t be optional, but rather a necessity.
Making time for me is essential in helping to re-energise, re-focus, and be able to carry out the things that I need to in the best possible way.
These are some of the ways I like to make time for me.
Write things down
There’s nothing more frustrating than when I think I have finished everything that I needed to, only to realise that I have forgotten something – especially when my head hits the pillow at night! Making a “mental note” of things that need to be done might be OK for a couple of things. But when that mental note becomes longer and longer, it can get overwhelming.
Whether it’s on a calendar, diary, or “to-do” list, I always write things down. But even more importantly, I keep these notes somewhere where I will walk past them and see them throughout the day, as I have learned from past experience that writing things down doesn’t necessarily mean remembering them (yes, it has happened!). Once I have done everything I need to, I can then put the notes away and relax with the peace of mind that I haven’t forgotten anything, and potentially might need to tackle something late at night, or during time that was supposed to be just for me.
Keep to realistic expectations
I believe that keeping to realistic expectations is important. As much as I would like to get everything done at once or in a short space of time, it’s not realistically possible. I try to keep previous experiences in mind, where I’ve “bitten off more than I can chew” so to speak, and I ask myself: a) Did you actually finish everything? and b) If you could go back, would you do anything better? The answers to those questions are usually No and Yes respectively.
So these days, I try to keep a “quality over quantity” mindset. This way, I can get things done “right” (or as best as possible) the first time, and therefore minimise the chances of having to go back to a task again because I missed something or didn’t do something properly. This potentially takes away from “me time.” I also have a greater sense of satisfaction when the task is done well, and the time that I take for myself is far more enjoyable.
Health is essential, non-negotiable time for me
After developing a chronic illness 12 years ago, I learned a valuable lesson in the importance of my health. I was a workaholic who ignored signs my body was giving me to slow down. These days, my health is my number one priority, and if anything it serves as my reminder that I need to look after me, and that the time invested in my health is absolutely essential.
Making positive health-related steps has involved many different small, but cumulatively significant changes. This is something that I always keep in mind – doing something for my health doesn’t need to be time consuming, but the long term benefits are worth it.
I have also incorporated a few of the great products from TVSN’s health department into my daily routine, such as the Carla Oates Glow powder (which I can’t start my day without!) and Collagen Inner Beauty Boost. I also take the Flora ProBiotics drinks and Flora Maxi Greens on a daily basis.
These days I am also more conscious of the types of ingredients that I use in my cooking, which is why I also love the Changing Habits range of products.
The time investment is relatively insignificant, and I feel good about doing something positive for me. I also enjoy taking a few minutes to sit and drink my Carla Oates Glow or my Flora Maxi Greens infused smoothie each morning.
Take a break from the online world & have some simple time away
The world of emails and social media has made many of us become glued to our smartphones and tablets, and sometimes we can get so caught up in them that we lose track of time. When my smartphone and tablet are within reach, the temptation to pick them up and look at them is there. So each week, I include some smartphone and tablet-free time, where I put these devices out of sight, or even switch them off for a short amount of time.
I might then spend some relaxing time outside amongst the greenery of the garden, or catch up on a bit of reading. Sometimes it might be beauty time – applying a face mask, lighting a candle or an aromatherapy burner, then sitting back and relaxing. It doesn’t need to be complicated – in fact, the simpler, the better! Even if it’s just five or ten minutes, it can make all the difference in how I feel.
Wear a special fragrance
Sometimes it isn’t possible to take an hour or even half an hour to ourselves. However I find that even stopping for a few minutes – even just a couple – can make such a difference. The sense of smell is powerful, and can evoke memories and feelings from places and certain times in our life. One way I like to take some “time out” and centre myself is to wear a fragrance that creates a positive feeling. Then through the day, I like to just stop…and take in the scent for a couple of minutes.
This might be a fragrance that makes me feel like I’m on a tropical getaway, or something that is warming and comforting, or a fresh, zingy, uplifting scent that gives me clarity and focus. I have a few favourites that I like to spray or roll onto my pulse points, and I also love the Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewellery from TVSN.
Whichever scent I am wearing, I love to stop for a minute, close my eyes and be transported to that place or time that the scent is reminiscent of.
Making time for me is an important part of each day and each week. Without it, I don’t think I could be “me.” I believe that making time for ourselves shouldn’t be seen as a reason to feel guilty. Rather it should be seen as valuable time which will have a positive effect on us as an individual, and subsequently flow onto the rest of our lives.