Take 5

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things" - Robert Brault.

The majority of people feel the need to be on the go all of the time. We have the mindset that if we are not working or putting our energy into something that we are wasting time. To an extent this is true. However, going for long periods of time without taking time out for yourself can cost you in the end.

Stress and inability to take time out for yourself incurs very real health and psychological effects. Just like we need sleep, we need time out to ensure better health physically and mentally.

The biggest reasons to take some 'me' time is to avoid the negative consequences of not doing so. Taking time out can on a whole make you a better person inside and out.

One would think it was easy to schedule some me time, however it is not always so. We are more likely to deny ourselves 'me' time in order to please others. You must give yourself permission to take 30 minutes minimum per day even if you divide this time through out the day.

Taking this “me” time can be as simple as sitting on the deck, reading a book, and watching the sun come up with a hot cup of coffee, or it can be as detailed as engaging in a beloved hobby for a half hour or more. Unless you consider texting or talking on the phone a relaxing activity, keep all devices turned off.

When taking your "me" time be sure that those around you are aware that you will be off limits – except in an emergency. It is integral that you set boundaries, and realise that there are limits to what you can do, and build your life around that. Also be aware that you need to limit the demands that other people are able to make on your time.

Taking a little time for yourself refreshes and re-energises you. It allows you to think more clearly and make better decisions. Other benefits of "me" time include the ability to sleep better, suffer from less fatigue, depression and anxiety, greater resistance to sickness, and less tension.

Have you taken some time out for yourself today?

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