Top 5 “Me Time” Activities

We all need some downtime… no matter what we do, where we work, how much free time we have, we all need to relax and chill from time to time in order to stay sane.

We all need some downtime… no matter what we do, where we work, how much free time we have, we all need to relax and chill from time to time in order to stay sane. Some of us will prefer longer periods of “me time”, maybe a weekend away or a day out in the city when others (like me) are more in need of more frequent but much shorter bursts of “me time”.Some of us will prefer longer periods of “me time”, maybe a weekend away or a day out in the city when others (like me) are more in need of more frequent but much shorter bursts of “me time”.

Today I would love to share with you my top five “me time” activities.

Long Walk

Walks always relax me. No matter the weather, as long as there is a nice open path in front of me in the countryside, I am happy! Walks help me think and gather my thoughts. This is one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax and it works perfectly as “me time” as long as it is just me (well dogs can come too… and maybe a cat).

Bubble Bath

This is one of those clichés which is most likely on everyone’s list… after all who doesn’t love a bubble bath.

Massage

If I could I would get a massage every single day but 1: I have no time for it and 2: I simply couldn’t afford it… instead I have a Pranamat Eco Massage Mat which allows me to have a super relaxing time in my own home with no additional cost. 15 minutes on the mat can really do wonders – it is a physical experience that activates all areas of your body, stimulates the mind, and promotes spiritual growth.

Moodles or Doodles

If you aren’t aware moodles are doodles with the power to change your mood. A few months ago I’ve received a moodle book titled “Moodles present Happy” full of activities which can really help you to relax, express your happiness and simply chill… there is no right or wrong answers… your book, your moodles.

Folding

I know this one is an odd choice but after reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo I really embraced her folding ideology. In the past putting clothing or bedding away was a chore, now it’s pure pleasure. I adore every moment of it, especially when it comes to socks… seeing them so neatly folded makes me happy… so you see when I need some “me time” I am happy to go to my socks drawer to mess some of them up only so I can refold them… I know it might sound a bit crazy but you would simply have to try her methods in order to understand. 🙂

What are your favourite “me time” activities?

The simple pleasures

What do you do to relax?

Do you take a long hot bubbly bath, do you sit with a glass of wine and a good book?

How do you organized your “me” time for yourself?

The simple pleasuresThe other day I came across a “Top Tips to Stay Organized” from Little Hearts Big Love at The Free Range Family. Point five stated – take advantage of small windows of time. I agree with that and sometimes I do find that there is no other option but to do a few things at once. Then with any downtime I have whilst waiting for one thing to happen or finish, I simply end up using the time to do something else as per point 5, but then the principle got me thinking…

What if we would use those small pockets of time as “me” time instead of just another opportunity to do something else on our list?

What if instead of unloading the dishwasher whilst the toast is cooking we would just sit down and relax for a minute or two?

Will this, would this work?

Can those short breaks make a difference?

I know from experience that finding any “me” time becomes harder and harder. Most of us struggle for time and always have to rush to finish what needs to be done, but what about all those things that could be done? What about all those little pleasures we simply no longer have the time for?

How do you balance work time, family time, all those chores which have to be done and any “me” time? How do you make the time?

Can using those small pockets of time we have during the day really be enough to relax and unwind?

I miss the times when I could just sit down with a fresh cup of brew a good book or a Sudoku puzzle and simply enjoy the moment whilst munching on some tasty snacks.

I wish things were slower.

I wish people didn’t rush all the time and I truly wish we simple had the time for all those little pleasures.

So, what do you think?

Can those short bursts of multi break during the day be enough to call it “me” time?

What are your favourite simple pleasures and how do you find the time for them?

…and how long is that time?