My job at the college usually requires me to work about 47 hours per week. That, coupled with my 45 minute commute, leaves little free time on any given day. So what I have gotten into the habit of doing, and it's made such a world of difference, is setting aside a little time each day to myself. Yesterday, for instance, I took an afternoon stroll on my lunch break and walked down to a beautiful meandering stream that runs adjacent to campus. Once there, I sat on a large stone next to the stream and enjoyed about 15 minutes of nothing but the sounds of the birds and the sounds of the stream flowing over the rocks. I returned to work refreshed and re-energized.
Sometimes, usually about every other Saturday, I will go to the cinema by myself and catch an afternoon matinee. It’s a good way to escape from the world for a couple hours and the popcorn’s not bad either. I also hit the treadmill at the gym for 30 minutes every night after work while getting lost in the multitude of 90s songs that I have on my MP3 (don’t judge). It’s a great way to wind down the day and also some great thinking time.
I think it's so important that we make time for ourselves. We often get so caught up in making sure that we're not neglecting other things (work, school, family, etc.) that we end up neglecting the one thing that we should not neglect...ourselves. Perhaps it's because it's in our nature to view devoting time to ourselves as selfish...but nothing could be further from the truth! Think about it, the stress-relieving benefits of a little time to yourself each day will actually make you that much more effective when attending to family, work, and school.
Also, time to yourself is healthy! Make some time for yourself...even if it's 15 minutes per day. It's essential to have some "you time" every once in a while. Will you have to sometimes get a little creative to accomplish this? Of course. But it's manageable...after all, if you can successfully devote yourself to other activities/responsibilities then surely you can successfully carve out a little time for you.
Do you get to enjoy "you time" as often as you'd like?