The importance of ensuring you give yourself some valuable ‘me time’ in today’s busy, modern world can never be underestimated and it is your responsibility to look after your mental health and wellbeing just as much as your physical health.
Create A Relaxing and Zen-Like Space
In a busy and functional family home, it can be incredibly difficult to find even a small corner of the house that can be suitable relaxing and clutter-free enough for you to truly relax in.
If possible, instruct your family that they must always endeavor to keep just one small corner of, perhaps, the spare room or the living room, free from their toys, games, tools any other clutter and instead designate that small area as a time-out space for you and you alone.
Consider purchasing a small bookcase or even magazine rack to store some reading material you know you will enjoy relaxing with. Position an indoor, real plant to stimulate your senses and improve the quality of the air in the space and treat yourself to a bean bag sofa to truly relax on and indulge in some quality self-care time.
Ban All Electronic Gadgets and Equipment
These days, you are entirely forgiven for automatically grabbing your smartphone or tablet whenever you have a spare second. Unfortunately, mindlessly scrolling through social media of an evening has become part and parcel of most adult’s down time in the Western world and such a habit is detrimental to your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Numerous research and studies have proven that using smartphones can have a severely negative impact on sleep patterns and the quality of sleep attained in general. Instead, during your allocated ‘me time’, choose a paper book, which will provide escapism and relaxation in equal measure without damaging your eyes or over-stimulating your brain.
Practice Basic Meditation Techniques
Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not a skill that takes years to learn and to put into practice. Quite the opposite, in actual fact, as anyone can start learning the art of meditation without extensive research, reading and classes. The benefits of regularly practicing even basic meditation techniques as part of your allocated ‘me time’ are numerous and copious research has proven that meditation is a key factor in reducing stress and anxiety levels in adults.
Meditation can help with becoming considerably more self-aware and in control of one’s future decisions and future in general and meditation is often used for busy adults to better manage their day-to-day stresses at work and at home. Meditation can result in an increased memory capacity and overall attention span, increase the quality of sleep, reduce aches and muscle pains and even lower blood pressure.
No matter your lifestyle choices or daily duties and responsibilities, it is crucially important for the mental health and wellbeing of yourself and subsequently the people around you to ensure you regularly take time out for yourself.