My room mate and I were recently talking about how important it is to have time alone, away from people and places and things, and just “do you” I guess is what I would call it.
To those who may not need it, good for you. But for those who know what I’m talking about, you know it is essential to have this time to yourself in order to ground yourself.
I usually do something I enjoy. For me, that is riding horses, it’s the one time I can just go do something and I get 20 minutes to myself (well my coach is there) and I get to just forget what’s going on in my life that is stressing me out.
I know, personally, I don’t care to live alone, but I will admit it’s also very nice to have the house to myself sometimes to just watch Netflix or take a nap and not feel like I have to be worried about another person. Watching what you want, when you want, without feeling bad is a nice thing.
Having my dog to keep me company helps, but I also don’t totally feel bad when I drop her off at my ex’s and get a day or two to myself.
I found it essential to make time for this earlier this year with everything going on, and I know I need to do it more often, but I always feel bad asking for time to myself, it just never feels right. But someone reminded me, it’s okay to ask for time off, it’s not a bad thing, it means you’re taking care of yourself. This could not be a more true statement.
I don’t think we take enough time for ourselves these days, were always rushing around to the next activity, and feel that we need to do it all. But we don’t. We need to remember we aren’t robots, and we can’t expect everything to just be done without a little personal care.
With work, school, extracurricular activities and family, theres not much time left to enjoy ourselves, by ourselves. Again, this fast paced society isn’t allowing us, or reminding us to take a break, without having to travel far to get away from it all.
How do you spend your “me time”?