Have you ever had one of those days where nothing is going right for you and you feel stressed and overwhelmed? All you want to do is rush home and just shut the world out.
Don’t worry you’re not alone, we’ve all been there.
Did you know having time for yourself is super beneficial for your health. The more you try to ignore that loud voice in your head, the more your emotions heighten and usually not for the good. The most important thing you can do is listen to your body, he/she knows a lot.
The body is such a valuable temple, it tells you whether a particular food is right or wrong for the body within 10minutes, this is how we experience bloating and constipation. Also, when you have no energy, your body is warning you to slow down and rest. Even when you are happy you feel that joyous tingling sensation float through the body. The body is such a simplistic temple and we should care for it more.
Without that being said, the mind is a powerful tool and determines how we react to certain situations. This is how we end up with emotions of feeling stressed and overwhelmed. They both intertwine beautifully and that’s why you have to make sure both are in balance with each other.
Did you know having me time:
- Boosts up your dopamine- this is the hormone that makes you feel motivated to do things eg. clean the car, grocery shopping etc. This has a huge positive impact on your mood and daily life.
- Boosts up your serotonin- Serotonin and Dopamine work closely together in the feel-good hormones. Serotonin works a bit differently as its a mood-boosting hormone and is a natural way to reduce stress, depression and other things. This is why people find it beneficial to go for a walk as a mood booster.
- Re-energise an individual- Taking breaks are detrimental to our health if we want to keep a balance healthily lifestyle.
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Improves relationships with yourself and others
- Creates more clarity in the brain
- Reduces your body from getting ill
- You’ll feel more productive
Now if these are all the benefits of having some time alone, why are we not jumping on the idea fast enough. Below are a few tips and activities to do when you want to have some me-time
Here are some ways to have me time:
1. Headphones in, world out – Select one of your all time favorite songs that you can’t help but sing. Simply by listening to your favorite song can immediately boost your emotions up, Especially if its a fast tempo beat.
2. Meditating – Meditation has been the ultimate go-to for reducing stress and focusing on washing all the negative thoughts of the day away. By spending 5 minutes meditating, you’ll have a sense of peace and clarity. If you feel like you can not focus for that long, try a guided meditation.
3. Turn off electronics – Electronics have a certain frequency that makes us stay alert during the times we want to relax. By turning off your electronic device whether it’s a phone, laptop, television, etc. Will give your body time to slowly relax into a peaceful state without being distracted by noise or frequencies.
4. Bath time – Many people use baths as a quick and easy way of washing. However, baths are useful for spending time alone with your thoughts and letting the hot steaming water hug your body.
5. Try a new meal – Unleash that inner chef in you and try something new to experiment with. Like I previously said your body craves healthy food so it will thank you later for the good food you put in.
6. Read a book – Reading books help distract your brain from what’s happening all around you and focuses on the words that you see in front of you. Once you’ve invested yourself into the book, all your old thoughts are history.
7. Journaling – Not many people are fond of the idea of writing down their thoughts but studies have shown that writing down your thoughts can release stress and reduce anxiety in the brain. I personally use this method as everything I want to say, never gets said so if I write it down, I’m more free and open to say how I feel. A great thing about journaling is, after you’ve finished you can throw it away, shred it or burn it. It’s entirely up to you on how you want to get rid of it.
8. Nature – Taking a walk through the woods, park or down the street is the most effective way to reduce stress and have some me-time. Instead of focusing on the thoughts in your head, why not walk aimlessly somewhere new and discover a whole new adventure out there.