Do you find it hard to take time out of your schedule to do something fun for you? If so, you aren’t alone. Lots of people seem to have a hard time slowing down even for the really important stuff. Finding time for family and friends can be challenging. Finding time for you may simply seem, well, selfish. But time for yourself isn’t selfish. It is necessary. Taking time for yourself allows you to refresh your mind and your body.
While it is true that spending time with family and friends has health benefits, spending time alone is also beneficial to your well being. You need to find some time to do what you enjoy, whether it is reading a book, hiking a trail, or enjoying a relaxing spa day alone.
On the other hand, sometimes your special time might mean spending a day with a special someone, so carving out time for an activity with a friend or spouse—if that activity is something you really look forward to —counts as pampering for you. (Maybe a girls’ day for hair and nails or a duet massage with your significant other!)
But don’t skip time alone either.
What’s most important is that you do something that helps you relax. You’ll find that you have the energy to keep up with all your other responsibilities when you carve out a little time for yourself. In your busy life, you might think you don’t have time to relax. But it’s important to take time for yourself.