Me Time

Cindy JobsOrganization, Uncategorized

“Rest and self-care are so important.  When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow.  You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”                   — Eleanor Brownn

My husband and I just returned from a week’s vacation.  Not only was it lovely to go from 40-degree weather in the Seattle area to 80-degree weather in a tropical climate, it was nice to leave behind the worries of work, pet care, and our leaky garage roof.  All things I couldn’t manage from hundreds of miles away.

Settling into the new routine, or more appropriately no routine, allowed me some much-needed me time.

I spent my me time focusing on my life balance.  Spending time just hangin’ with my husband was magical.  We played a couple rounds of golf.  We took a walk together. I read two books.  I went to the gym. I meditated outside (easier to do in 80 degrees than 40 degrees). And, we spent a lot of time just lounging by the pool, basically doing nothing.

I asked a few of my friends what me time looked like to them and here is what I heard:

  1. Getting up a few minutes before the rest of the household and just enjoying the quiet.
  2. Reading.
  3. Taking a walk by themselves.
  4. Meditation (this is a big one for me too).
  5. Exercising
  6. Trying out a new restaurant with friends.
  7. Getting a manicure/pedicure.
  8. Joining a book club.
  9. Turning off the electronic devices.
  10. Calling a friend.

Why worry about me time?  WebMD has some thoughts on this.   Although this article is biased toward women, I think men have the same challenges.

“There’s a tremendous amount of stress and pressure put on women: being parents, being daughters, mothers, wives, professionals. All of these roles combined leave many of us not taking adequate care of ourselves — which is what sustains us and gives us the energy to take care of all these other responsibilities that we have,” says Randy Kamen Gredinger, a Wayland, MA, psychologist and life coach specializing in women’s issues.”

Whatever your thoughts about me time are, experts agree it is important to schedule it.  I know with my clients, if it’s not on the schedule, it just doesn’t happen, even with the best of intentions.

So, here’s my challenge to you:

Look at your calendar and set aside at least ten minutes of me time every day.

How will you spend your me time?

Cindy Jobs, COC, ACC

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