Di’s Mind #4

Image: Diane GPDi’s Mind is best described as a hodgepodge of random thoughts running through my head at any given time. Today’s topic is Me TimeMy definition of “me time” is any amount of time that is used for our own leisure or interests. Add your own thoughts at the end. What comes to your mind?

Some people are reading this and saying, “I wish that I had time for myself!” Well, isn’t the time that you are spending right now reading this on the Internet part of that?

People are busy, schedules are full, and any “me time” can be considered wasteful, thoughtless, or selfish. Here are a few of my experiences and observations:

POPULAR “Me Time” Activities

  • Fitness (walk, hike, run, bike, etc.)
  • Reading (books, magazines, online articles)
  • Viewing (movies, television, documentaries, YouTube, etc.)
  • Writing
  • Art Projects, Painting
  • Gardening
  • Girls Night Out, Girls’ or Guys’ Weekend
  • Sports Competition (participant and/or spectator)
  • Theater
  • Lounging around the house
  • Sleep (late risers, naps)

“Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you.”

“Me Time” Guilt

  • Why do I feel the need to explain myself if I decide to spend several hours curled up on my couch to read the latest book, my newest magazine, or the online blogs or articles that I’ve bookmarked on my computer?
  • Why is sleeping in late on my day off considered a crime, especially to early risers?
  • Why do I feel guilty when I want to use my day off to relax in my pajamas or sweats with a cup of hot coffee and tea?
  • Why do I feel guilty when I choose not to grade student projects or essays for several hours on weekends or vacations?
  • Why are social media sites always viewed as a “waste of time” if I’m learning about my family and friends’ lives and looking at the photos and videos that they choose to share…or learning more information on topics that interest me?
  • Why am I made to feel guilty because I have more freedom to do things since I have a grown child out of the home?

Somehow, I feel like I’m not the only one who feels any of this guilt. We shouldn’t have to though.

I believe that setting aside time for ourselves is important for our physical and mental health. Yes, some people have more available time than others. However, I believe that taking any time to relax, pursue our interests and/or scheduling face-to-face interactions with others is necessary for our overall well-being.

We all need to make time to regularly recharge our body and spirit.  Just as a heavy workload or busy schedule can be unhealthy, so can too much solitude. Choose your time wisely. So, find out which “Me Time” activity works best, not just for your schedule and family, but also for your physical and mental health. Celebrate you and the things that you love.

“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live”. ~Annie Dillard

“I like to hang out with people who make me forget to look at my phone.”

 

4 Comments

  1. Totally agree with you, Diane. Everyone needs guilt-free “me” time.

  2. I wish I had realized that when I was younger. Great article!

  3. Part of my me time is reading your articles Diane. Threw my eyes I see the writing growth of one of my beautiful nieces (: )

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