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The importance of ME time...

Ever feel like you never get a minute’s peace? Constantly surrounded by people making demands on your time; your family, your friends, your partner, your colleagues? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone.

The demands of modern day life can be overwhelming; running a business, working a job, taking care of a family, participating in social commitments. Whatever your lifestyle demands, you need to make sure you don’t burn out.

Taking time for yourself is vital. We often prioritise everyone else’s needs before our own because we don’t want to seem selfish or feel guilty but that’s not healthy.

Here are a few ways that spending time taking care of yourself can help you be better at your job and improve your life.

Reduce stress and unwind Reboot your brain and be more productive Improve concentration and aid problem solving Allow time for self-discovery and deeper thinking Improve your relationships Better work-life balance Greater well-being

How to make more “me” time..

“Me” time doesn’t necessarily mean doing something alone, it just means doing something you enjoy. This could be reading a book with your children, going for a walk with friends or curling up to watch a movie with your partner.

Go to the park or for a walk on your lunch break Listen to music Read a book or magazine Watch a film or favourite TV show Take a relaxing bath Do something creative (write, draw, cook, sew) Meditate Spend five minutes before bed thinking positive thoughts Get up early and write down something you are looking forward to Have a coffee in your garden Exercise Pamper yourself - grab a massage!

The quality of your “me” time is more important than the quantity. Even if you have a full schedule, make sure you take ten minutes to focus on something you enjoy. Close your eyes, switch off technology and give yourself a break.

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