Best “Me Time” Ideas: 7 Self-Care Activities to Reduce Stress & Rejuvenate

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“Me Time” Isn’t Selfish; It’s Necessary!

best me time ideas - 8 cheap self-care activitiesLife is hard.  And, if you never have any “me time,” it’s even harder.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You can’t pour from an empty vessel.”   It means that if you pour all your energy into supporting everyone else, you’ll eventually end up empty and unable to support anyone, not even yourself. You must take some “me time” periodically so that you can rest, refuel, and recharge.

If you’re reading this, you already know you need more me time.  You know your plate is too full (or too uninspiring or not joyful enough) and you need relief.

Good for you for recognizing that you’re over-stressed and you need to do something about it.

 

What’s Preventing You From Taking More Me Time in Your Life?

Many of us fall into the habit of neglecting our self-care by accident.  It happens gradually as we take on commitment after commitment, only to find our responsibilities overwhelm us. 

Many of us are also lousy at establishing healthy boundaries that are essential to making life less stressful and more enjoyable.

Maybe you give all your time and attention to your family. On the surface, that is admirable.  But, is walking through life stressed to the max because you’re wearing yourself out truly the best strategy for you and your family? You already know it’s not.

If you’re constantly running yourself ragged for everyone else, how long do you think it’ll be until your batteries run out?

Maybe you distribute your limited energy among family, friends, work, community endeavors, church,  … and just about everything else.  You’re simply spread too thin. 

When you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders,  your mental and physical health starts to suffer. It’s admirable to be generous with your time and attention, but when you don’t give yourself enough tender loving care, you wear out.   

Me Time Radically Improves the “You” that You Share with the World

If you want to live your best life and offer the best version of yourself to your family, friends, and the world around you, you need to make room for some quality me time in your life.

Me time isn’t selfish; it’s mandatory.  You need rest and relaxation in your life.  You need time to recharge and rejuvenate. You need time for yourself.

Here’s the truth about me time: the more quality time you take to fill “your vessel,” the more you’ll have to give to others.  And, you’ll be able to give joyfully as you have energy to spare.

Setting aside time to destress is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the people you care most about in your life.

Recharging our batteries is a way of amplifying happiness and peace in your heart, so you have plenty of peace and happiness left over to share with the world around you.

Finding time in a busy schedule for self-care isn’t always easy. I get it. 

Many of the responsibilities on your plate demand your attention. There are a lot of things you do each day that aren’t optional; they simply must be done.

Still, there are 168 hours in the week. With a little imagination, you CAN find at least two hours in those 168 for some quality me time,  even if you have to attend to your self-care for a mere 10 minutes at a time!  

  

7 Self-Care Activities & Me Time Ideas

Check out these low-cost and zero-cost self-care ideas that will help you reduce and relieve stress and restore your energy.

1. Set your creativity free!

People encourage children to express themselves through artistic endeavors, but as adults, we don’t often take the time to meander down those creative paths that once brought us joy. There are so many artistic outlets you can explore: painting, sculpting, drawing, knitting, crocheting, or even just picking up some crayons and playing with shading in an adult coloring book. Not only will you get some much-needed “me time”, but you may also even end up with a piece of art for your efforts. .

2. Pick up a book for pure pleasure

When is the last time you remember reading a book just because you wanted to? Even if you’re no longer in school, you may find yourself reading out of mere obligation, whether that’s for a book club or just because you want to keep up with what’s popular. Pick out a book that speaks to you. Whether you revisit an old favorite or pick up a new work from an author you enjoy, just make sure you’re making your reading time into pure “me time” by picking something you truly want to devour.

3. Create a “me time” YouTube playlist

Watching inspirational videos on YouTube is actually a great way to process any emotions you’ve been having a hard time dealing with. Stockpile videos that you find inspirational and save them for a time when you can relax and binge-watch them. Videos could be puppies, babies, inspirational stories, or amazing singers from talent contests around the world; choose videos that make you laugh or warm your heart.  As a bonus, shedding a few happy tears can even help reduce the stress that you may have been bottling up.

4. Practice yoga or tai chi

Exercise is a great go-to for self care, but not everyone is ready to tackle a Crossfit routine. Some of us need exercises that are slower and gentler so we don’t push our already overworked bodies to the brink. Tai chi and yoga are both slow, methodical, gentle exercises that are as much about mindfulness as they are about movement. And while they may seem trendy, they are actually ancient practices with a demonstrated benefit over thousands of years of relieving stress.

Give Tai Chi a try.  It’s great for stress reduction and improved flexibility.

5. Scrapbook and spend time with happy memories

Sometimes the best way to decompress is by revisiting happy times through scrapbooking. You can organize old photos into physical scrapbooks, or go modern and use free layout software like PicMonkey or Canva to organize digital photos into digital scrapbooks. Spending some alone time with your memories will help you reduce stress, and will also provide you with a concrete reminder of how much you love the people in your life.

6. Take a hike!

Reconnecting with nature is always a great way to unwind and decompress. Taking a long walk through nature can help you recenter yourself and can even release energizing endorphins to help you recharge. Depending on your fitness level, you can hike up a mountain or wander through a botanical garden. It’s also affordable self-care: a long walk in the park doesn’t cost a thing, and can actually give a great deal back to you in terms of patience and energy.

7. Make sure your bath is the bomb

Taking a hot bath may be one of the oldest and most well-known ways to relieve stress. Take your relaxing bath to the next level by turning off the lights, lighting some candles, and adding bubbles and a bath bomb to augment your “me time”. The bath bomb you select can inform your experience. 

A bath bomb scented with lavender or chamomile is relaxing and can help you unwind. Citrus-scented bath bombs will leave you feeling energized and refreshed. If you’ve been feeling under the weather, eucalyptus and peppermint can be beneficial.  If you can’t afford bath bombs from high-end bath and body stores , make your own. Any extras you make will be great gifts for your loved ones, too!spearmint

Bonus! More Me Time Ideas

The list of what will help you destress and rejuvenate is near endless.  Most important, find what works best for you and don’t worry about what works for others.  Here are a few more ideas to consider:

  • Go for a brisk walk.
  • Spend 30 minutes at a coffee shop (don’t just drive through, go in and relax!).
  • Watch a movie that makes you laugh.
  • Learn something new. Take an in-person or online class, watch a YouTube video, reach out to a friend to has a hobby you’ve always been curious about.
  • Start a garden; tend to that garden.
  • Visit a museum or a special exhibit.
  • Get a manicure or pedicure
  • Take a day trip to a nearby town.
  • Start a simple meditation practice. 
  • Go to a concert or live performance.
  • Join a gym (and go!).
  • Volunteer at a pet shelter
  • Visit the zoo, botanical garden, or arboretum — without the kids.

 

You Need Me Time: Everyone Does. Choose What Works Best for You!

The bottom line is that me time is important.  It’s vital to your health and happiness. Whatever you choose to do in your me time is up to you.  Choose from the list above, or pick something that’s calling to you that we didn’t mention. You deserve more me time in life.  So, to borrow a few words from Nike, just do it!

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