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A little me time does wonders

By Bob Otieno | Jul 27th 2013 | 2 min read

By Bob Otieno

Many career women would love to have some me-time, but time does not allow them to, or so they think.

Without some all important ‘me-time’ for relaxation and recuperation one finds themselves feeling stressed, tired and completely zapped of energy.

Because of the competition around, many times you find that you are pushing yourself too far and not giving your body the necessary time out. We assume that we are too busy to make time for ourselves. But me-time does not consume a lot of time.

Studies show that spending as little as just 15 minutes a day investing in yourself and your personal well being, is hugely beneficial.

But still, many women believe that self care is a luxury that can be skipped with little consequence if you need to save time. Not true.

When you take time for yourself, you are making space for yourself in your life and giving your mind and body a well deserved break and time to re-energise.

Here are some of the down sides of not taking some time off to re-energise:

• Overeating

• Compromised health and/wellness

• Diminished energy

• Decreased productivity

• Reduced focus (including getting distracted from your own goals and priorities)

• Diminished passion for the things that are truly important to you

• Exhaustion and stress

• Time lost ‘zoning out’ or escaping or ‘being tired’

And here are the many benefits of taking some me-time:

• We become more aware of ourselves thus giving our best at whatever task we undertake. This means more zest and energy for the responsibilities we face.

• We treat ourselves as valuable and that shows and rubs off on others.  When we see ourselves in that light, we are more confident with ourselves, stand taller, play bigger, think broader and are more successful.

• We provide a powerful model to those who are watching us. We show others how we expect to be treated and we teach our children that it is important to respect and to take good care of themselves as well.

• We have more energy, focus and clarity of purpose.

Now that you know the many benefits of having some me-time are you ready to take action?

 Here’s your challenge:

What do you need to do to claim the time or energy that you need this week? Or the week after?

 What do you need to let go or say no to in order for that to happen? What one action can you take towards the direction of re-energising?

The ball is in your court.



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