Why should you take time for yourself?
Perhaps, the better question is: why shouldn’t you?
In this day and age, most of the world’s population is caught up in the “grind” culture. While it is understandable due to rampant inflation, it is also nice -healthy even- to just take a step back.
Besides, “me-time” helps you decompress, which often helps your mood and leads to increased productivity.
Also, think about it. Your time is already divided between your responsibilities, your work, your family, and your friends.
Don’t you think you deserve some time for yourself too?
So, how do you get started? Here are some of the best me-time activities you can do.
Start Your Day By Keeping Active
Sure, remote work gives you the freedom to log into work ten minutes before your shift. However, it’s often nice to sneak in a little exercise at home prior to working.
Try to wake up earlier and do a few stretches or even a workout.
You might feel more refreshed and ready to start your day after.
Take a Power Nap
A good catnap is one of the simplest me-time activities to do at home.
Taking a nap is fairly straightforward. You find a quiet area, play some white noise (if that’s what you like), and then close your eyes.
However, keep in mind that you are not supposed to sleep for hours.
A power nap usually only lasts for 15 minutes and is known to improve alertness, memory, and function.
You can take a nap when you feel a productivity slump, which sometimes happens in the afternoon.
Go for a Walk
“Me-time” does not have to be overly complicated or fancy.
Sometimes, it is simply taking a walk around the neighborhood to clear your mind.
What’s more, even just 30 minutes of walking can boost your heart and lung health, reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke, strengthen your bones, and improve your balance.
Watch Your Favorite Show at Home
We are in the age of streaming services.
One quick Google search yields a variety of platforms where you can watch your favorite movies and series.
During your breaks, try to catch up on a show you have been putting off.
You can also prepare snacks and drinks while you’re at it so you can really enjoy some time off work.
Try Cooking or Baking
If you are someone with culinary talents (or simply enjoy being in the kitchen), you can cook or bake!
Aside from the fact that it is a vital survival skill, cooking (and baking) stimulates all your senses. In fact, it can also bring up good memories. (Remember the movie “Ratatouille?”)
Immersing yourself in the process can be very therapeutic.
Visit a Local Museum or Support a Local Artist’s Exhibition
Art and beauty are subjective, that we know.
Thus, if you like looking at masterpieces, you can check out your local museum. Apart from staring at beautiful art, you might even learn about the artist or history!
If you’re lucky, you may also chance upon your favorite local artist’s exhibition.
Best of all, when visiting museums, people go through each painting and sculpture at their own pace. There is no need to rush.
Go Watch a Movie by Yourself
The idea of doing anything that is widely known to be a “social” activity can be daunting.
For instance, when people see you eating alone at a restaurant, they take it as a sign that you are lonely. This is not always the case.
Doing certain activities alone has a lot of benefits. For one, you get to eat or do what you want without having to wait for someone else’s decision.
You can also attend events on your own terms—you don’t have to go home early if you don’t want to. You can stay for as long as you like – or leave as early as you like.
Take Yourself Out to Lunch
As with the previous point, you can order whatever you want for lunch.
You can use your lunchtime as an opportunity to take a breather.
Don’t rush. Savor your meal.
Have a Glass of Wine
Lastly, you can unwind with a glass of wine (or your drink of choice) at the end of a long workday.
Drinking wine is known to have positive effects on the heart. Red wine, for instance, has antioxidants that help prevent coronary diseases.
Or you can also treat yourself to the relaxing spray of a warm shower.
Either way works.
Remote work is great, but it can sometimes be monotonous or overwhelming, especially since you are often working from home alone.
However, don’t forget to take care of yourself with some me-time.
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