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Don’t forget to schedule yourself some “me time!”

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, InStyle®, CookingLight® and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the to-do, doing, and done that it’s far too easy to forget to just be. When scheduled demands are high, your personal time can easily run low. While it feels good to get things done and to do things for other people, “Me Time” is actually just as important.

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What is Me Time?

Well I’m not sure there is a dictionary definition, but I’d say it’s a pretty literal term. The older we get the more we achieve, the more people we know and naturally, the more responsibility we have. We shuffle our day parts out like a Black Jack dealer and more often than not, at the end of the day, we’re the ones left short.

That’s ok, sometimes. But if it becomes your normal, it will catch up with you. Increased daily demands are one of the top causes of daily stress and the negative health implications of it. Scheduling yourself a little “Me Time” can go a long way in protecting your health and happiness.

The idea is that you take some personal time for yourself to mentally detox and recharge your emotional batteries. It will look different for everybody, but the end result needs to be a revived, refreshed and recharged version of yourself.

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What isn’t Me Time?

Now here’s the really subjective part. “Me Time” doesn’t just mean time alone doing fairly mindless activities. There are plenty of things I do with my downtime that don’t leave me feeling revived, refreshed or recharged. Things like:

  • Cleaning, paying bills, cooking, academic reading and/or studying are all necessary to-do items but they aren’t always relaxing when scheduled back to back can leave you feeling exhausted.
  • Scrolling social media can easily be considered “me time” because it’s certainly effortless, but really, catching up on everybody else’s life, good and bad, can be emotionally draining.
  • Watching stressful television like the evening news or a far-to-freaky murder series can leave you in a conscious (or subconscious) state of fear and distress. Yes, it’s effortless downtime, but not relaxing.

Remember, your “Me Time” should not just be alone time, but time to mentally relax and do something you enjoy and that brings you peace, inspiration and positive energy to charge all your other time.

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How I get my Me Time in

It’s tough! Even as a grown-up with no children I can fill my days from pre-dawn to late night if I’m not careful. And since I’ve included studying, social medial and chores on the “not-me-time” list, there really isn’t much time left in the day. This is why I have to schedule it! Yup! At the start of every week I look at my calendar and block at least one evening a week for…you guessed it…Me Time.

And it’s easy when that night rolls around to keep working late or turn on some bummer TV, but I try hard to do more productive, yet relaxing things. This is where a good ‘ole fashion magazine comes in! It allows me to turn off anything that has an off button and clear my mind. The print era is not dead and magazines like PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, InStyle®, CookingLight® and Sunset® can fill you with ideas and inspiration without draining you of your mental stamina.

This morning when I was at Vons picking up my veggies for the next few days I grabbed and InStyle magazine. It’s more relaxing to me than a healthy cooking or fitness magazine because recipes and exercise are part of my “work” and my professional brain will stay on. I’m anything but a fashionista, so InStyle is a good distraction from my work-life but still beneficial to my real life.

And I have my own Me Time space too. It’s not my desk, the couch, dining table or bed. It’s my own little relaxation spot I use for meditation and reading. I make it a goal to get at least 10 min a day in this spot.

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Tips for getting in more Me Time

  • Unplug: if it has an off button, use it.
  • Schedule: if it’s not protected, someone is bound to take it.
  • Enjoy: get your paws on a magazine you love! I have a coupon for you!
  • Make it a habit: don’t wait for the days you’re “stressed,” be proactive.

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Get your Me Time going!

I encourage you to visit the magazine rack at your local market and I’ve got a coupon for you here too! Just click on the store name you visit most often, print your coupon and get your magazine. Then pick a “Me Time” spot and schedule your time. Then send me a note and let me know how it went!

Print your coupon here: VONSSAFEWAYPAVILIONSJEWEL-OSCOTOM THUMBRANDALL’SACME MARKETSHAW’S.

How do you like to spend your Me Time?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, InStyle®, CookingLight® and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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