Random Fact: British researchers have found that taking a hot bath can actually burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk.
“It’s Britney Bitch!” Yep, those were the first words I heard a couple Saturdays ago while attending the “Pieces of Me” show by Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas (Thank you Darren). Some jest, but I don’t care. It is a guilty pleasure and I have been a fan since day one. I was more than happy to take road trip for a weekend getaway to my old neighborhood, catch a show, play some poker, get a massage, and have some “me” time. I mean its Vegas!
Some of my daily readers asked if they missed my weekly blog this past week. I told them not to worry. They didn’t miss it; rather I didn’t post one because I was taking this week to recharge in many aspects of my life. This got me thinking (as I do all the time), just how important is making time for you?
The average American spends a lot of time at work. To put in perspective we as Americans work more hours than our peers in the industrialized fraternity. Check out these two links for some more insight.
As a country we have the least amount of vacation days and paid time off. We have high demands we are required to meet almost everyday with little or no thought about other aspects of our life. “Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of support in this culture for doing nothing. If we aren’t accomplishing something, we feel that we’re wasting time.” –Thomas Moore.
With the demands of work and life, many of us have little to no time for ourselves. This is taking us on a path that will not end well. Remember the old cliché? “Take care of yourself first or you will have nothing left to give others.” It is a true statement. If we give too much of us to everyone else, we have none for ourselves and the only person who has to deal with those consequences is YOU!
I love what I do, so I am more than blessed in that regard. However, sometimes the volume at which I do it can be overwhelming and most of the time I have no one to blame but myself. When I first moved to California to learn more about personal training I said, “Yes” to everyone and everything. I had the feeling that if I didn’t say yes that I would lose out and not get to where I wanted to be. I had a feeling of guilt when I couldn’t accommodate a client or co-worker, and really put myself on the back burner. However I am here to tell you that it is not only ok to take time for yourself and not feel guilty about it, but it is a necessity to keep you on top of your game.
- Having “me” time gives you the chance recharge. With all the to-do lists, the daily requirements and activities we need to complete, we rarely get the chance to shut our brains off. We all have to reboot our computers and phones from time to time, and we as humans are no different. Rebooting our system helps our productivity, creativity, and concentration levels.
- Some of us are co-dependent or so involved in other things that we tend to lose our self. “Me” time allows us to discover our true self, our passions, and what is most important to us.
- “Me” time allows us to think a little deeper than normal. I often have my best thoughts when I am doing something for myself. Ideas seem to come a little easier, program designs come out a little faster, and things that I have stored in the back of my mind that may have been forgotten seem to come back into the light.
- When faced with a problem, I often find that it is best to take some “me” time. This allows my subconscious time to process the problem and come up with solutions. It can be hard to solve a problem when you have constant streams of information or duties coming at you.
- What better way to develop more quality relationships with others than to know just who you are, what you desire, and what you expect. “Me” time allows you to figure out those things and the people around you will benefit.
Spending time with yourself is time well spent because it makes you a happier person to be around. It benefits everyone because by having a happier and healthier mindset, you’re in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who are important to you. Finally, having “me” time is preventative medicine to combat burnout. What good will you be to anyone if you eventually burnout? (And you will if you don’t take care of yourself.)
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Top 5: Ways I get “ME” time.
- Road trip: This can be long or short. Sometimes just getting in my car and turning on the music is all the medicine I need.
- Going for a Hike: Although I don’t get to do this as much as I did in Vermont, being alone in nature always seems to center me.
- Exercise: Whether it is with my trainer, taking a class, or kicking my own ass, there is something to be said about getting that “pump”.
- Running: Lacing up the shoes and heading out on the trail is becoming one of my favorite medicines. Some days my mind goes to great places and I get lost in thought, other days all I can focus on is how tired I am. One thing is for sure, when I am done I feel less stressed.
- Spartan Races: Training usually is me time, but making the time for these epic events is definitely a way I get “me” time