Carving out a little “me time” can be a challenge no matter the season, and becomes even more difficult with the holidays upon us. Responsibilities and commitments to friends and family may pull us in all directions, but it is possible to take time for you in the midst of this hustle and bustle. While a day at the spa may sound like bliss, you don’t need to clear your schedule for the day if time won’t allow – you can take steps to feel refreshed and reinvigorated in as few as 10 minutes. Here are some of our favorite ways to take “me time” when life gets hectic:
Take the night off. If you tend to fill your weekday evenings with picking up around the house, folding laundry, or catching up on work emails, commit to taking off at least one night each week for yourself. After the kids are in bed, sign off on the laptop and do something pampering. Paint your nails, do a yoga video, or give yourself a facial – may we suggest Actifirm Renovation Mushroom Mask for a smoothing, lifting, age-defying skin treatment.
Set your alarm earlier. Before you protest, consider the benefits of even an extra 15 minutes in the morning. Whether you read, meditate, or sit quietly and enjoy your coffee, it’s a serene way to start your day.
Turn off your phone. Or laptop. Or tablet. Most of us have so little free time, and all too often we mindlessly fritter it away on electronics. Disconnect for a few precious minutes to read a book, bake something, or do whatever makes you feel good.
Take a bath. It doesn’t have to take much longer than a shower and is oh-so-indulgent. Fill the tub, toss in some bath salts or essential oils, and soak your cares away.
Go for a little walk. Take an office break with a stroll around the block, or step out after dinner to enjoy the neighborhood lights. Even a short jaunt can give you newfound vitality.
Taking a little “me time” might be just the thing needed to recharge your batteries. Find some time to call your own regularly, and enjoy a more peaceful holiday season.
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