With the holiday season in full-swing, it can be hard to find a moment to yourself. As the New Year nears, make yourself a priority. Not only is solitude soothing, but science suggests it’s good for your health. Time alone can increase productivity and creativity. Not to mention, “me time” offers valuable meditation and relaxation benefits. Here are five tips for scheduling more time for yourself in 2018.
1) Make Time For Yourself Every Morning
Waking up to something you enjoy can make the entire day a bit more positive. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier to do yoga, catch up on some reading, or to stop for a coffee on your way to work. While these small, yet enjoyable, 15-minute tasks may not seem like much, they can have a great impact on your daily dose of happy, so to speak.
2) Don’t Work Through Lunch
Deadlines can significantly increase stress levels, but most of the time, whatever the task, it can wait until after you’ve finished that chicken wrap. When lunch-time rolls around, step out of the office; stretch your legs. Walk to a nearby deli or cafe and sit down to eat. Eating at your desk not only makes your food less satisfying, there’s a chance you could eat more calories than you realize. Ask your co-workers if they’d like to get lunch. If going alone, take a book to read. This alone time can rejuvenate you for the rest of your work day.
3) Make The Most Of Your Commute
If you don’t drive to work, then find ways to make the train or subway a little more bearable. Always have a book with you to read, or, perhaps, the buzz of the train might make a nice writing environment. If you’ve had a particularly stressful morning, then consider downloading a meditation app on your smartphone.
4) Do Nothing
This one may seem easy, but after a long, stressful day, it can be hard to find a few minutes where you can just sit down. Doing nothing can be the most calming part of your day, and your body will thank you. But, most importantly, don’t allow yourself to feel guilty for doing nothing—we all need rest.
5) Block Out Time In Your Calendar
Intentionally make time for yourself. Penciling yourself into your own busy schedule (and some much-needed hygge time) may seem like an odd thing to do, but you’ll never forget to take time for a little self-love. The Danes are, scientifically, the happiest people in the world for a reason!
How do you make ME time a priority in your life?