In today's fast-paced world, taking some time to unwind might be a real blessing. This is typically referred to as 'me-time,' in which you set aside time to focus only on yourself. 'Me-time' is popular among introverts because it allows them to replenish their social batteries, especially after spending the day outside of their comfort zone.
It is necessary to take rest at the end of the day in order to avoid social and mental exhaustion. Your 'me-time' does not have to be as glamorous and aesthetically pleasing as those popular videos you've seen on TikTok or Youtube. Even doing things that help you feel at ease in your own flesh is enough.
Hold your horses because we have a list of things you can do to have an efficient ‘me-time’.
✅ Start your day with relaxing activities
Begin your morning with exercises that will help clear your mind and prepare you for the day ahead. Meditation and yoga are two examples of activities that might help you achieve mental tranquillity. The best thing is that it does not require you to spend lengthy hours; a minimum of 20 minutes is sufficient. Make this a regular routine to feel more energised and centred after waking up, allowing you to be more productive at school or work.
✅ Do things that calm you down
When your brain feels lighter, you can continue to seize your day by doing activities that will assist you to relax rather than increase your stress level. You may go for a stroll, go to the gym, or even read those novels that have been gathering dust in the corner of your room. It may not be immediate, but this method allows you to divert your attention away from your daily obligations and closer to yourself.
✅ Pamper yourself
This is also the perfect time for you to ignore others’ words and pamper yourself. You can start with the easiest step which is to carry out a self-care routine in your free time. Besides, doing a deep skincare routine in your free time is also considered a self-care act. There is no specific way to spoil yourself except by doing what satisfies you the most. Go ahead and try that new hipster cafe or buy the latest smart gadgets as long as it is within your spending budget.
✅ Explore new experience
Now is the time for you to stop doubting yourself and do all the things that you have been itching to cross off your bucket list! Gaining fresh new experiences can help you to enjoy life more and make your day more interesting. This way can also assist you in being more productive even in your free time.
✅ Journaling before sleeping
Journaling at the end of the day may sound cliche, but it may truly help you clear your mind after a long day of work and other activities. Other than expanding on how your day went, you can fill your notebook with a number of questions. A topic like gratitude might help you appreciate life more and enjoy the wonderful things of it.
In general, it doesn't matter how you spend your 'me-time' as long as you feel well rested afterwards. Spending your 'me-time' by following a trend may not enable you to feel entirely relaxed since you will be obliged to follow the steps or standards, which is the opposite key purpose of having a 'me-time'. After all, the greatest way to relax is to unwind after a hard day and make yourself feel at home.
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." — Anne Lamott
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