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In our society, we say we are so busy, and we are. However, we are no busier now than our ancestors were. I think in some instances they were even busier! That doesn’t mean that we don’t need to find some “me time”.

It’s important to take care of yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself for others. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home parent, still doing the 9-5 gig, or even retired. Everyone needs to take care of themselves, so they can be the very best for others and plus take care of their own time

Sometimes finding the time for yourself can be hard. I get it, trust me. For example, I forget to take care of myself often because of all that I have going on. I’m a blogger, I have chronic illnesses and I take care of my husband who has his own chronic illnesses including a mental illness. Sometimes I create my “me time” by going to Starbucks or the library to work. If I'm not in the house, my husband can't ask me a million questions a day.

It is important to make yourself a priority though. Here are some tips on how you can find your “me time”.

  1. Actually, schedule it.

Are you a planner? I love to make lists and plan things out ahead of time. I want to know what I’m expected to do on any given day. A perfect way to have time for yourself is to schedule it. When you are planning your month make sure you take time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be a full day if you can’t swing that (although if you can, you should!) It can be simple as scheduling to get your nails done, taking yourself out to lunch, scheduling a bubble bath. Whatever you enjoy doing, schedule time to do it. Then most importantly, follow through. Don’t say oh I can move this, No! Keep it in your schedule. You’ll be thankful later.

  1. Inform family/friends

Remember the old saying “people can only do to us what we let them?” This is true when it comes to finding time for yourself too. Let your family and friends know you will be unavailable unless ABSOLUTE emergency for a set amount of time (Whatever time frame you scheduled). Sure may act like they can’t survive without you but trust me they can. It will be good both sides to spend some time apart. They will probably even start to appreciate everything you do for them more when they have to go without it for a while.

  1. Ask for it!

The holidays are coming up when people ask you what you want for as a gift tell them you want the gift of time. Perhaps there is a class you want to take, or a hobby you already enjoy but need new supplies for. Ask for that as a gift. Gifts are always supposed to be personal and what the recipient really needs. What do you need more than just to relax and enjoy things that make you happy?

When was the last time you took time for yourself? It’s not being selfish it’s necessary. I’d love to hear your tips on finding time for yourself when living a hectic lifestyle.

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