We all know down time is important; but oftentimes, we neglect this essential component of our daily lives. It’s important to remember we’re worthy of time that is our own to feel blissful. If you’re lacking time for yourself, read on to learn why you deserve it and how you can incorporate it into your schedule.
Why you need and deserve more time for yourself:
We all have obligations in life: work, relationships, health, cleaning and other commitments that take up our time. Sometimes, life can feel overwhelming. These everyday tasks can build up on us, and we begin feeling stressed if we don’t take time to refresh and rejuvenate. That’s why it’s important to forget about day-to-day problems.
This is something I personally struggle with. If I’m stressed out, it’s hard to overcome because it’s all I think about in the moment. Now, I have found activities that help me relax and act as my down time. Whether I’m walking my dog, writing, or working out, my mood is better with more down time.
If you’re slacking at work or chores around the house, it may be because you haven’t had time for yourself. We naturally decrease in productivity when we are stressed, so if you want to stay on track and feel balanced, take time to do something you enjoy.
You’re probably wondering, “How can I relax when I’m constantly on the go?”
I’m here to tell you that you CAN make time. Here are a few tips on how to do it:
Make a date with yourself once a week
Go to a coffee shop and read a book for an hour, treat yourself to dinner or go hiking for a few hours. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s something you’ll appreciate. If you write down on your calendar or to-do list “weekly date,” you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
Do what you love and schedule time for it at least three or four times a week
Maybe you love writing, baking, fishing, running or watching reality television. The point is to find what you love more than anything, and schedule that as part of your down time. It’s great to have a relaxing hobby. It’ll keep you in check of how much you truly appreciate it.
Take a personal day (from life)
Every three months (or every month), plan a day that’s entirely dedicated to you. Don’t make plans and treat yourself. Create your perfect day with activities you love. You’ll feel extra refreshed to keep you on top of your game. This helps if you need to plan ahead.