Me time is my time

Me time is my time

7 May, 2018 15 comments

I’m not what you’d call a morning person. During a normal working week I struggle to get out of bed without having an argument with the alarm clock and hitting the snooze button at least 3 times.

This all changes at the weekend.

At the weekend there is no alarm clock, but then there’s no need for it, because at the weekend I leap out of bed as soon as it gets light. No hesitation. No moaning. Covers off and straight to the kitchen.

With a cup of tea in hand I usually draw back the curtains, pull up a chair near the window and gaze out into the garden. This is my quiet time. The time that I allow my thoughts to wonder. There is no to do list, no deadlines, no expectations.

This is my time to reflect, recharge and process my thoughts.

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Sometimes you just need a break in a beautiful place, alone, to figure everything out.

A weekend morning is quiet. Peaceful. People tend to stay in bed longer, so the house and the world is so much quieter than usual. The only sounds are the ones of the birds in the garden.

 

It’s at these times that I have my best ideas. The random thoughts in my head miraculously fall into some sort of order and things I’ve been puzzling over or struggling with, all of a sudden make sense.

The time only lasts as long it takes to drink a cup of tea.  I’m usually on the last sip when I can hear stirrings from upstairs and the sound of creaky floorboards as the family starts to rise. But it’s long enough.

So why is alone time important?

 

Its a chance for your mind to catch up with itself

Like most people my weeks are really busy. I’m usually running from one place to another, trying to get my chores done, work through my to-do list while keeping up with the day to day stuff. My commutes are taken up with listening to podcasts or responding to emails. I’m constantly taking in and responding to information from a variety of sourses.

During the week I get very little down time or time to actually think.

‘Me time’ on a weekend gives my brain a rest. There are no distractions and I don’t have to think about anything in particular. I just let my mind wander and re-order itself.

 

It helps you find solutions to problems

Its during those quiet reflective moments, when Im not thinking about anything particular, that my mind seems to come up with solutions to the problems that Ive been struggling with all week.

Without the constant distractions, my mind is free to think and to process.

This is also the time when I’m at my most creative. Problems are solved looking at them from a different angle that would never have occurred to me at any other time.

My me time” doesn’t last long. But its long enough for me to feel the benefits of it for the rest of the week.

How do you spend your “me time”? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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15 comments

Jubilee 7 May, 2018 - 1:46 pm

Me time is so important! I like to drink good coffee, do yoga, and read:)

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Christine 7 May, 2018 - 1:49 pm

Lovely post Lucy! I have a hectic week too and since January I decided to have some ‘compulsory me time’… so I wake up every morning at 6 and do a short yoga session, a 10 meditation session and a cup of tea before the little ones get up. Its amazing how doing so little defines my whole day. Since I started doing this, I find that I am calmer and enjoy my days, and am way more productive 🙂

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Lucy 7 May, 2018 - 7:16 pm

Thank you Christine! Having some ‘me time’ definitely does make you more productive and ready to take on the day.

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Alexandria 7 May, 2018 - 2:58 pm

Giving time to your self is so important! Having time to self reflect & relax is the best!

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Margaret Smith 8 May, 2018 - 12:35 am

I love my time in the morning! It’s important to have time to just focus on you.

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Maddy 8 May, 2018 - 11:49 am

I love to escape during me time with a good book!

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Angela 8 May, 2018 - 2:33 pm

I have struggled with this. I know I need to nourish my soul and the only way I can do so is with taking time for myself to meditate, to de-stress and to de-focus. Life is so convolved we are overly stimulated with our smart devices. I find the most peace when I am surrounded by nature and am totally emersed in the moment. For our overall mental health and happiness and maybe even brain health it is so important to do things one at a time, take time for you and just clear the mind.

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Melanie 8 May, 2018 - 3:08 pm

I love this! Me time is the best, and so so important.

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Doreen 8 May, 2018 - 3:35 pm

I live alone, so I kinda get the alone time I need but I do get distractions from the neighbours or passing cars, so when I really need to quite my spirit, to reflect or think clearly, I take long walks on Saturday mornings. Actually, its my Saturday tradition . Its really refreshing and I feel more relaxed afterwards

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Cheyla 8 May, 2018 - 5:33 pm

I am an introvert, so I draw all of my energy from being alone. I need book ends on my day of quiet solitude. I have to wake up before the children in the morning and I have to stay up late to recharge myself enough to sleep well that night. It is exhausting.

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Kathleen 8 May, 2018 - 6:52 pm

this is SO important! thanks for sharing:)

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Anissa 9 May, 2018 - 12:46 am

I just explained how important this is to a friend yesterday. She’s always busy running around for every one and never takes time out to breath. I love me time to relax, read , reflect.. All R’s!

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Kate Andrews 9 May, 2018 - 1:37 am

I completely agree with you. It’s so important to have some “me time.” I know I try to get in a little time every day.

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Rachel 10 May, 2018 - 1:16 am

Me time is so important. I truly love my drive to and from work. It might sound weird, but I have a beautiful drive and it’s my time to enjoy my coffee and music.

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Nadalie Bardo 10 May, 2018 - 3:26 am

Me-time is so important, especially when it feels like you’ve been drowning in your steady 9-5 lifestyle. I love having time to work on things I need to get done and finish up, it’s so rewarding.

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