It is no secret that women tend to be very nurturing creatures by nature. Because of this, we can take on so much and just go, go, go without taking the necessary time we need for ourselves to just rest, relax, and recharge. This “go, go, go” lifestyle starts at a young age and carries on into adulthood. By continuing on like this, our bodies will shut down on us because it is craving some down time. At this point, your body forces you to rest, and you will not have the energy to “go, go, go” about your normal daily routine. 

I learned the hard way about the importance of taking time out to rest, relax, and recharge. My body has shut down on me on more than one occasion.  So, I find moments where I can disconnect from everyone and everything to get my “me” time. Here are my tips for getting your own “me” time:

  1. Schedule your “me” time in a calendar/planner. Make the time and commit to it. Eventually you want to make an effort to find time each day to rest, relax, and recharge.
  2. Once you have this time set aside; disconnect from social media, friends, family, or anything that keeps you off track from focusing on yourself. You may want to warn people first especially if they are used to hearing from you.
  3. Find an activity that makes you happy, that involves only you, that will benefit only you, and that you find relaxing. Basically be a little selfish . . . don’t worry, you deserve it!
  4. Take your time. If this means that your “me” time needs to be an hour, half-day, full day, or several days. Whatever you feel like you need, take it, and don’t feel bad about it!

I create my own special holiday for my “me” time. I like to call it my “Hazel Day”. This day can be over a span of a few hours or a whole day or two. When “Hazel Day” comes, I disconnect from everyone, and I do things that are for me only and that I enjoy. Those things are:

  • getting a spa treatment
  • shopping
  • reading
  • sleeping
  • watching a funny movie
  • cooking
  • working out
  • traveling by myself

What are some things that you like to do to rest, relax, and recharge? If you can’t come up with something then that is a clear indicator that it is time to take a break. Remember we can’t take care of others, if we don’t take time to take care for ourselves.