“There is a virtue in work, there is a virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” – Ala Cohen
It’s the holidays! Are you finding the time to relax and enjoy more of what the holiday brings? If you’re not, this can mean two things: you’re stressing over what to buy for your loved ones, or you’re taking it day by day, enjoying the present. I’m guessing you’re doing the latter. Obviously, we all have to get prepped up for the holidays and the shopping. However, that doesn’t mean we cannot have some ‘me time’ to ourselves this season.
If you haven’t prepared yourself this season for some ‘me time’ why haven’t you?
- Been busy?
- Have you had a hard time saying no to friends and family?
- Are you getting distracted much?
- Are involved in everyone’s life but not yours?
- Been busy?
These are just a few questions I know you’ve said yes to.
As much as it’s good being busy helping other people(and buying them gifts), there are certain times when you need some alone time. It’s very much-needed. You’re finding yourself tired out after work, volunteering, or helping a loved one that you get overtired and, to be honest, stressed.
Nobody got time for that!!!
That’s why ‘me time’ is critically important. You rejuvenate, reduce anxiety, and recuperate from the stress of the daily grind.
I really do believe that getting me time for anyone is necessary. If you set a day or time to relax, even for 20 minutes, you’ll notice it physically, mentally, and even spiritually.
Without further do, here some simple ways of having some ‘me time’ where you can have a date with yourself during the holidays that you’ll reflect, relax and have fun as you do it.
“Take the Time To Unwind This Holiday Season” – Simply Alia
- Make sure you pick and organize a day of the week or choose a day or three out of the month when you can actually fulfill these activities.
- Next, tell your friends and family that you’ll be having these ‘me time’ on such days of the month. This will give them plenty of time to remember that you should not be disturbed unless it was an emergency.
Ready now? Let’s get started.
1. Write In Your Journal
Having a journal is always something to have when you want to let out your thoughts and feelings. You can also write the emotion you want to feel that day.
For example, if you want to feel happy, then write out the things that you want to do that makes you happy. The most important part is sticking to it!
2. Take an hour or two from electronics
If you have ever have taken time from electronics while doing something else? It gives you more clarity, it reduces stress and frustration (on my part). Plus, turning off electronics is necessary because it gets you to enjoy the things that were more important before electronics was born.
Here are some things you can do while you’re away from your electronics for an hour or two (that means no television or smartwatch too):
- Take a walk
- Eat breakfast
- Do some chores
- Write your plans for the week
- Reflect in your journal
- Read a book
- Make a mood board (pre-plan it if you need to)
- Organize your home (pre-plan if you need to)
- Pray and Meditate on God & His Word (if you’re a Christian)
- Have a Mani-Pedi
As you can see these are just a few that you can do as you make the time to be away from electronics. When you’re doing these after two hours, you’ll know the difference. Trust me. I’ve done and still do it at times. It really helps.
3. Go Shopping
Urban Outfitters & H&M by far are my favorite stores to shop. When I just want some alone time, I go shopping for things I may need (and want) to let the day pass by. And, sometimes, I go to Barnes and Noble’s to read a book (or buy it) that may interest me.
Do you like shopping? By all means shop, but not until you drop. Remember, you’re not trying to be stressed, it’s all about being at ease.
For a suggestion, buy items dedicated to your me time. This way, you won’t have to be frustrated or annoyed with your purchase. If you want particular pajamas for your me time, then buy it. Want to read a new book? Then buy a book. Whatever you have a planned for your me time, use those times too to make your future me time relaxed and comforted.
4. Plan a Spa Day
Whether at home or a specific facility, make time for yourself and get pampered. Get that deep massage you’ve always wanted, put on some face mask, or take that bubble bath you’ve always wanted. It’s that time when you unwind and reducing anxiety, reminding you that’s its your day to relax and be at peace with yourself.
Another way to plan your perfect spa day is to create a DIY Spa Kit. This way, when you’re in a mood for a spa treatment, you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few DIY Spa Mask website links you should to go to and try on fabhow.com, based on your skin type:
These recipes are easy to do, especially the mud mask recipe, used with the Indian Healing Clay. I personally use the Shea Moisture Clarifying Mud Mask, and add a little honey or Shea butter, to soften my skin.
“Your Me Time should be a day to rejuvenate, unwind, relax, breathe, and reflect” – Simply Alia
5. Watch A Marathon On Netflix
We all have those shows where we all watch on repeat. If you want to catch up on your favorite television show or want to watch a marathon of an old show, then watch the show with your favorite dessert, beverage, and food of choice. It’s your day after all.
Here are some TV shows you might be interested in watching during your me time on Netflix:
- New Girl – Comedy
- Calling The Midwife – A Drama show of the life of the midwives and the families they encounter
- Stranger Things – Only 2 Seasons for now but worth the watch.
- The Crown – Drama
- Jane The Virgin – Love me some Latina Drama!
- The Good Cop – If you’re a fan of Josh Groban, you’ll definitely want to watch this new show.
6. Invite A Friend Or Family Member
Maybe you want to bring a loved along for your me time, then go right on ahead. Talk about what’s going on in each other’s life, get a massage together, go shopping, basically anything that requires you and your loved to grow close and unwind. Remember, this is still your me time. Do as you like, as you also compromise with your loved one.
7. DIY’s For Your Home
Love decorating or making a craft? Find the time to make something that’ll add a little holiday cheer to your home. Here are some simple ideas:
These are just a few DIY craft you can do. If you want to find out more, check out my Pinterest by clicking here!
There you go! I’ve explained why your me time is necessary and how it would impact you spiritually, physically, and mentally. Also, I’ve provided several ways to spend your me time to yourself, and even with a friend. Remember, always plan ahead when you shop. So make time for yourself and don’t suffer during the holidays. So get ‘er done!
What is your favorite ‘me time’ activity during the holidays?
Until Next Time,