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How to Not Feel Guilty for 'You' Time

We all need some alone time every now and then. Having time to ourselves is actually a huge benefit to not only ourselves but others too. So why is it that we don't do more of it? In todays blog post, I am going to share with you the benefits of having some 'you' time along with ways you can incorporate self care into your routine as well as some self care ideas to get you started.

Benefits of Alone Time that Impact You:

- Increased Empathy

- Increased Productivity

- Sparks Creativity

- Build Mental Strength

- Opportunity to Plan Your Life

- Understand Yourself Better

Benefits of Alone Time that Impact Others:

- In time, you will become a happier person to be around

- Develop a happier and healthier mindset therefore benefiting others as you're better to be around

- Alone time is a preventative method to combat burnout

As you can see from the above points, having time to yourself not only benefits you but also benefits the time you spend with others therefore it is an essential practice in every day life. Below I have suggested some ideas to help you incorporate some alone time into your schedule:

Schedule Time in the Week - when you sit down to plan your week make a note to factor in some alone time the same as you would when trying to work out when you can go food shopping during the week. Alone time is just as important therefore find time in your week to sit down with a cup of tea, book and face mask for an hour or two.

Adjust your Morning/Night Routine - is there things in your routines that aren't so productive or important? Perhaps you spend your morning before or after work scrolling through social media? Yes, this could be classed as alone time however you could end up in a negative frame of mind if you see something you don't like or start the downward spiral of comparison. Therefore, try swapping out scrolling for meditation, yoga, exercise, reading - anything that will benefit you mentally/physically whilst having alone time.

Phone on DND - I don't use this one as often as I should but I love this idea! Let's face it, we live in a generation where our phone is constantly attached to us and every time it beeps we feel this sudden urge to respond straight away. Factor in an hour a day where you put yourself as unavailable. Yes, you might get some people who are annoyed you haven't answered them or responded within the second but in the grand scheme of things, taking time for yourself and health is so important that an hour a day before bed for example won't hurt.

With the above said, you're probably wondering "that's great but what can I do in my alone time." Well, I have added a list below to give you some ideas on how you can spend your time alone:

  • Pamper Session (full on hair mask, manicure/pedicure, face mask etc)

  • Reading

  • Doing a hobby you love

  • Exercising

  • Eating Healthy

  • Social Media Detox

  • Brain Activities - word searches or sudoku

  • Cleaning

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Taking a Nap

  • Colouring

  • Listening to a Podcast

  • Going on a Walk

  • Organising your Space

  • Watching Your Favourite Film

  • Planning

  • Building Your Knowledge e.g. learning something new

There we have it. The aim of this blog post is to reassure people that it is ok to take time for yourself. We all lead busy lives but every now and then we need to stop and look after ourselves for a moment in order to not only benefit us but the people we surround ourselves with.

Let me know in the comments if you are factoring in some alone time this week

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