We can get so caught up in all the daily and weekly grind that we forget to schedule in time for oursleves. I like to call it 'me-time'. It may seem strange to schedule in time to take care of ourselves, yet it is so important.
Me- time can be anything from a massage, a walk in the park or a trip to have your hair and nails done, even reading your favorite magazine or book.
Taking care of ourselves is an important event in our busy schedules as it gives us the opportunity to refresh ourselves, our thoughts and opens the mind.
Me time is not a selfish act, it is about acting smart. If we don't take care of ourselves our energy can be drained and our willingness to help others can also deteriorate. A stressed person doesn't have time for others let alone themselves.
When you are plannihng your day, week or month include yourself in the schedule. Block out some me time and include in the blocked out area exactly what you would like to do with that time. You can consider plannig some small breaks throughout the day that can allow you some time for rejuvenation. Each morning you might consider blocking out time to go for a walk, do some morning exercise or read the paper. Blocking out a fun activity that you enjoy at least three times per week can make the working week not seem so long and onerous. For me I schedule in some exercise classes at night to help break the week. Just try it for a month and see your stress levels reduce as you spend more time on caring for yourself and scheduling the well deserved me time.