When my daughter was little, she loved a cartoon with a little girl named Frances. When Frances was upset about things not going her way, she would hide under the dining room table and tell her mother she needed some “me, myself time.” Now, my daughter and I use this same phrase when we need a little time to recuperate or a little bit of pampering time.
How does a person know when it is time for a little self-care or me, myself time? It is important to check-in with ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to know when we need a little TLC.
Mentally (mind): Do you feel excited about your career and are you motivated to get up in the morning? Or are you needing a change in your life?
Physically (body): Have you been eating and sleeping well? Or are you tired, sluggish, and drained?
Emotionally(soul): How are you feeling? Happy? Excited? Or are you sad, depressed, or feeling discouraged?
Sometimes we are doing alright in all these areas, but we just haven’t done anything fun in a while. We do not need an excuse or a reason to have a little me, myself time and it is important to take care of us first so we can be our best for those around us.
One way to keep being our best selves is to regularly do the things that keep us in this healthy state. Make a list of what keeps you at your best. Here are a few ideas:
- Keep your mind stimulated by learning new things. Sign up for a class on a topic that interests you. There are so many online options that you do not even have to leave your home.
- Set a goal to read a specific number of books each year or month. Choose a variety of fiction and nonfiction.
- Watching television isn’t always bad for you. There are so many documentaries and educational shows as well as entertaining ones.
- Challenge yourself with a new skill or creative outlet.
- Eating well helps us to feel well. Choose healthy food options over sugar and processed foods. Maybe sign up for a cooking class.
- Join a gym or just start walking. Thirty minutes a day of physical activity will also help us mentally.
- Get some vitamin D while enjoying the sun. Just fifteen minutes a day without sunscreen will give us the benefits of natural vitamin D.
- Take a nap. It is important to get enough sleep and rest to be at our best.
- Meditating is a great way to clear our minds from all the clutter. With our heads clear, we have the room to think better and be present.
- Friendships are good for the soul. Regularly nourish the relationships in your life. They are what make life worth living.
- Journal for a few minutes in the morning and evening. You will discover new things about yourself.
- Enjoy some quiet each day. Take a bubble bath or sit with a cup of tea. Listen to the sounds around you.
In order to live a balanced and stable life, we must take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. We are each responsible for our own well-being. Check in with yourself regularly, ask yourself how you are doing, and know that you are worth having a little “me, myself time.”
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