The topic of ‘me time’ is one that’s been very popular with me lately. As someone whose planner is literally always full, half because of things I have to do and half because I psycho-plan my weekends a week in advance, time alone is definitely an area where I’m feeling a little deprived. I live my life by such a schedule that taking care of myself and my needs falls by the wayside at times. Even if I do have free time, I find myself feeling anxious if I’m not using that time to clean up my apartment or send an email I’ve been needing to send, since it feels like 24 hours is never enough. It’s amazing how quickly spreading yourself too thin can burn you out and leave you thinking,
I need to spend more time by myself.
I’m happiest when I’m with people I love but at the same time, I feel like it’s tough to give all your attention and energy when you’re feeling depleted from the stresses of work, relationships and everyday life. Especially as women, it seems like we’re always giving a little too much of ourselves. Sometimes, your needs are the most important!
I want to start making more time to do a few things… going to a movie alone, sitting at a coffee shop and blogging or reading, going on walks, at-home spa treatments, painting, journaling, waking up a little earlier to get exercise, playing around with new hair ideas on Pinterest, giving yoga another try, online shopping, baking, reading magazines, maybe taking up calligraphy.
These may sound a little cheesy but it’s the little things like these that, believe it or not, sometimes bring you the most joy. I had an old, ugly canvas that I wanted to spruce up and literally had it on my to-do list for a month so that I could hang it up. I spent a Saturday afternoon painting my favorite quote (lovelovelove this quote) on the canvas and it was just a peaceful thing that gave me my little bit of happy for the day.
It may sound weird to schedule some time alone, but at least for me, that’s what it takes sometimes! I’m heading to Tampa for my best friend’s bridal shower today (yay!) but am def scheduling some me time for next week. I’m thinking a coffee facial scrub and lots of reading.
What do you want to do this week to give yourself a little extra love?