Make The Time Now: Learn How It Benefits Health and Happiness

Make the Time Now!  Learn How It Benefits Health and Happiness

 

“Make time for myself, are you crazy?” “I don’t have the time!” 

Learn how making the time now,  benefits health and happiness in the long run! More than ever, making time for yourself  is a must for a happy, healthy life. Are you one of the multitude of women on the planet that are pre-programmed to take care of everybody else before themselves?  It’s harder today when women seem to be doing it all at the neglect of themselves. Personal time off benefits health and happiness.

Have you noticed how you can be after a couple of nights or months of not getting adequate sleep? How frustrated do you get when you don’t get even 15 minutes a day to yourself?

Taking time off to do something you enjoy as a means of taking the edge off and releasing the pent-up pressure of your daily responsibilities isn’t a luxury – it’s a must!

What happens if I don’t take time?

Studies have show that when you don’t prioritize yourself and your needs for at least, a few minutes each day, you become resentful of those taking up your time and space.  You start lashing out on them or someone else who pushes your buttons, being frustrated all the time as opposed to your usual calm and sweet self.

Taking a breather gives you the opportunity to relax and recharge so you come back with a better ability to carry out your commitments, tasks and chores with more clarity, presence and a sense of enjoyment. Learning to be “in the moment” is crucial to your own personal sense of happiness.

Mindfulness is beneficial. 

Paying Attention to what matters to you.

“The basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

Being in the moment is referred to as “practicing mindfulness.”  It gives you the power to catch, calm and control your emotions and lower your stress levels.

Your perspective on things tends to be more balanced, accepting and positive.

You’re not angry or resisting as much.

You’re more organized, in control and energetic.

You’re more patient and kind with yourself and others.

We’re a multitasking society. If we’re having a conversation with a friend, we’re generally off thinking about the other things we have to get done.  Instead, you need to be present in the moment…

Whats the first step?

The first step is to consciously make the decision to free up some minutes during the day for you – everything (and everyone) else can wait.

To lower stress levels, you want to be aware of how you are feeling or what you are thinking. Women often feel guilty about leaving the dishes unwashed, leaving the kids to play on their own for a few minutes, having a nap, letting the spouse watch a show on his own, or leaving their work at work.

You have to build in time to recharge your battery or it may die.  We can be very good at project management at work and scheduling home life, but not so well in our personal lives. Treat it like any project and put it in your daily agenda.”

Decide how you’d like to spend these precious minutes. 

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Schedule time for yourself

 

Whatever provides you with relaxation and a chance to distract your attention, free your thoughts and release some of the pressure, then that’s what you should do.

Remember, though, that you should treat this time as you would any other appointment and don’t get bullied by your sense of guilt into doing housework or running errands during your special time. Schedule your Me Time into your routine.

It takes practice, but you’ll quickly discover that you become a much calmer, happier version of you when you make time for yourself, and who doesn’t want that!

Practice smart time management skills for less stress.

Whether it’s scanning emails, surfing the net or answering personal calls during your workday that gets you behind, it’s time to curtail anything that wastes time and leads to nothing. Learning to organize your responsibilities will eliminate stress and free up time, which you can use for something more enjoyable.

Sit down during the weekend to organize your time, and write down everything that:

need to be accomplished

you want to accomplish

what you want for me time moments for that week.

The freedom to say no. 

Sometimes, this means that there may be times when you have to say “no” to some obligation or requests. Either because you don’t want to participate or that doesn’t bring satisfaction or joy into your life. Trust me, it becomes easier to say no when you are on a yes list for yourself. You can look at the list and declare “I am already committed at that time.”

On the plus side, if you’re facing a problem at work or at home, sometimes the best way to find an answer is to stop thinking about it altogether.

Channel your energy into doing something creative. Being creative could be what you need to grease those brainstorming wheels and regain your focus. It could also be the exact thing you need for better sleep.

Make the time.

Well, unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day – you won’t ever be able to change that. However, what you can do is free up some time here and there to your own personal gain. If you say you don’t have 10 minutes to sit and be still, meditate, contemplate, visualize or day dream I’ll challenge you. It is a choice.

Juggling your work or study schedule, traffic and everything in between can be freakishly difficult to handle at the beginning.

 All you need are some smart organizational skills, and you can be the one in control of your time, and not the other way around. 

When driving, use this time to listen to music or the radio. You can even enjoy the quiet and your own thoughts.

If you can ditch your car and use public transportation, then you can use that time to do something you enjoy, like read a book or writing or even meditation.

Go for a walk,  all the better. This way, you’re doing some exercising; you can listen to music or an audio book.If you have an appointment, try to get there 15 minutes, or even more, early so you can have those minutes to yourself.

Have lunch by yourself at least once a week. Go to the park or the library to get a break from all noise pollution Another quiet space is in your car or a quiet cafe or restaurant where you won’t find any distractions.

Many associate being alone with loneliness, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Being by yourself allows you to enjoy your own company. You get back in touch with your interests, likes and dislikes so you know exactly what makes you happy, and a stronger version of yourself.

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”  Blaise Pascal

Be your own best friend. Spend time with yourself. Celebrate you. Have gratitude for the gift that you are. If you are a parent, teach self care by example and bless your children.

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