Finding some valuable “me time” away from the hustle and bustle of family life can be difficult to achieve, and you might feel a little selfish for wanting to do so, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do for yourself, and for your family.
Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day so making more time isn’t something you can achieve but managing your time better, so you can prioritise some hours of the day or week just for you, will help you to recharge those batteries, relax and refocus your energy on what really counts.
Taking care of your family means taking care of you too
You are an important part of your family, and when others are relying on you, it’s vital that you take good care of yourself. If you become too run down, you might find you’re unable to provide for your family in the way you’d like to, which can cause further health and personal problems down the road.
One of the simplest ways of managing some me time is to share solitary activities. Why not have the entire family sat together but reading their own books? It’ll allow you to escape and recharge for a while as they indulge in their own literary adventures.
Some solitary time is a great way to avoid anxiety
Sometimes the stress of family life can build up until the point of being overwhelming, and then we become anxious as we just don’t know how to cope with it all. Those spiralling negative thoughts can quickly get the better of us but having some time alone and in your own company is a great way to take a step back and refocus on what’s important, what isn’t and how to get back on top of things.
Time for yourself helps you become creative again
Taking care of your family and household is a constant list of chores and deadlines to meet, right? So, when are you able to get in touch with your artistic and creative side to express yourself? Self-expression is so important for our mental wellbeing but something we often leave abandon it by the wayside when we have a family and focus on them and their wellbeing rather than our own.
Taking some time out each day to do something creative, whether that’s writing, drawing, dabbling with watercolours or even taking a few photographs, is a great way to reconnect with those creative energies that make you so uniquely you.