“Me-time” is one such word that appears a number of times in almost every standard self-help book. Taking time for yourself is important – we are well aware of that by now. But how do you do that? Because if your agenda is filled to the brim with all kinds of 'must-haves', how can you squeeze in a moment for yourself? Surprise: it's possible! I share 7 tips that will help you do that.
Tip 1 - Take a critical look at 'must-haves'
We often impose all kinds of things on ourselves (including me!). You still have to vacuum before the visitors come, meet ten deadlines, score a super unique gift for a friend's birthday and finally call your mother again. But if you take a critical look at all this, are these really things that must be done? Or are they mainly things that you (sometimes wrongly) expect from yourself? To be honest, the latter is often the case with me.
My tip : try not to think in terms of obligations, but in solutions. Can you spend less time searching for the perfect gift? Check out the latest happy products from our Happlify crew here and you've found the perfect gift in just a few clicks! Could you perhaps call your mother tomorrow? And does your house really have to be spotless when a friend is at the door? Of course not!
So just leave that alone for a while!
Tip 2 - Read a book before going to sleep
Going to bed fifteen minutes earlier should still be possible. For me, scheduling reading time is an ideal way to take time for myself. To read more , I have agreed a fun challenge with myself, in which I want to read at least one book a month this year. So far it's working out pretty well and I'm enjoying it immensely. Being in another world for a while is the way to let go of the overload of stimuli of the day.
By the way, tip from me: I am currently reading the book 'Licht Leven' by Nanne van Leer . Definitely recommended to order for your bedside table (and to actually read of course!)
Tip 3 - Put a cross in your agenda
If we don't pay attention, our agenda will become completely clogged in no time. There is always something you can do. Even if someone cancels and you have extra time as a result, you may suddenly have all kinds of "musts" come to mind. That's why this tip: plan moments in your agenda for alone time in advance. At the beginning of the week, for example, put a large cross in your agenda on one or two afternoons or evenings. That time is for you and not for appointments – even if there are rushes in between.
Extra tip : a cross through your plans at the weekend is also wonderful, so a good sleep in can sometimes really feel like a mini-vacation!
Tip 4 - Combine the useful with the pleasant
We all have busy weeks when you really have to do everything. At such moments I still try to cycle in between for a moment for myself by tackling the net a little more efficiently. For example, I often listen to a podcast in the car to an appointment, I put on music while vacuuming to make it more fun or I watch a nice YouTube video with half an eye while I clean out the pantry. Sometimes you can combine the useful with the pleasant. I even look forward to getting in the car on my own these days
Tip : listen to this Happlify playlist if you have to take a long drive or do some cleaning. Fun guaranteed!
Tip 5 - Reduce your time on social media
Many people spend quite a bit of time every day scrolling, liking and commenting on Instagram and other social media. For me, leaving Instagram for a day is the way to immediately have at least half an hour or 45 minutes extra time in a day. You hardly miss anything with it and then suddenly you have a moment to do something that makes you happy.
Do you really want to do it right when cutting down on social media? Then the Digital Detox from Happlify is highly recommended. A great way to examine and adjust your social media use for 52 weeks.
Tip 6 - Make your breakfast a party
There was a time when I would eat some sandwiches for breakfast every morning – hurry up. I now have the taste to turn my breakfast into a party. Every morning I make time to, for example, make a delicious smoothie bowl, conjure up oven-baked oats on the table or mix up something else with oatmeal. A happy start to the day and also a nice way to take a moment for yourself!
For other lovers of party breakfast, the book 'Healthy breakfast' by Ineke Haismaa nice tip. With 50 recipes, you don't have to be shy about breakfast ideas for the time being.
Tip 7 - Go for a walk on yoga
In short: taking time for yourself is not that difficult. You too can take a moment for it. Even today!
Which of these tips will you use first?
Author - Romy Veul
Copywriter, language fanatic, crazy about color and cheerful as often as possible. That's who Romy Veul is in a nutshell. On her blog More Happy she takes you along in her positive fantasies. This always with a modest dose of humor and nice colorful photos.