Excited to share another post for #Causeachatter. In second quarter, I am again talking about “mental health wellness” and will share different posts with the theme #Mentalhealthtalks. Hoping this information will help in raising mental health awareness and also offer a solution to keep yourself mentally healthy and fit.
In this post, I am talking about one of the important aspects of our day-to-day life, and that is spending “Quality me time”. It is true that we lived in the incredibly busy world; and always had a long to-do list for completing multiple duties and responsibilities, but did you know, constantly being on in life is not good for our physical and mental health. It may put a negative impact on our health and overall wellbeing. But we can avoid this state of “burnt out” by planning some quality “me time”.
Spending quality “Me time” offers lots of benefits for our mental health and wellbeing. How spending “me time” can improve your mental health? Read the post to know more!
Before talking more about positive impact of “Me time” on mental health, I would like to discuss difference between “Loneliness and Me time”.
Loneliness Vs spending “Me time”
Though Loneliness and spending “Me time”, both things are associated with a feeling of being alone but there is a huge difference between their impact and creating an aura or vibes around us. Loneliness is more associated with a feeling of sadness and depression. It can have a serious detrimental effect on our physical and mental health and can cause many mental health issues like depression and anxiety in long term.
While spending more “me time” does not necessarily means being lonely. “Me time” is more about spending some quality time with ourselves that usually involves a process of taking a break for pressurized routine and doing the things that you actually love to do.
Spending Quality “Me time” improve your mood and bring positivity in your attitude. You will have greater stamina and better ability to concentrate. It is something that can help you avoid irritability, constant fatigue and a state of “Burnt out”.
“Me time” and “Mental Health”: 5 prominent reasons, why you should spend more quality “Me time”?
Here are 5 prominent reasons why you should spend more “me time”:
Spending more me time allows you to think more precisely and clearly
“Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world, so I can hear my own- Oprah
During hectic routine life, we all have a tight schedule that involves completing tasks, duties and responsibilities. but this thing lessons our creativity and put a negative impact on our productivity as well. By carving some quality time for ourselves, we will get an opportunity to think deeply and precisely. Quality “Me time” allow us think clearly and helps in re-setting our mind and body.
Improve problem-solving skills and increase concentration
“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do to this you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solution”- Deepak Chopra
We often find ourselves overwhelmed with things we want to do, we ought to do and we need to do. We always had massive amounts of information coming through surrounding. this constant flow of information distracts us to find an effective solution to our problems. Taking some “me time” can help us to improve concentration and enable us to find the better solution for our problems.
Helps in prevention of various lifestyle diseases (physical and psychological both)
“We need solitude because when we are alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts”- Tamim Ansari
Nowadays pressurized lifestyle put a negative impact on our health and may cause various physical and psychological disorders such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, depression, insomnia, anxiety etc.
Scheduling a little “Me time” can provide some real benefit to your physical and mental health. It reduces your day-to-day stress and play a vital role in the prevention of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. it also helps in reducing depression, anxiety and mental fatigue. Usually most of the people experience improves memory, concentration power and better sleep after spending some quality me time.
Improve your relationship with others
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you”- Anne Lamott
We always surrounded by the people who constantly need our time and attention. It could be our spouse, kids, friends or colleagues. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to provide our 100% to any relationship all the time.
The constant demands often create a state of stress and conflicts in our relationship.
While taking out some me time, allows you to think, what we want to get in our life as an individual? And what are our expectations from a relationship?
“Me time” also helps in resolving the conflicts by giving a proper and precise thought to an existing condition. In the long term, it helps in enhancing our relationships and help us to get connected with others.
Boost productivity, happiness and contentment in life
“The way we spend our time defines who we are”- Jonathan Estrin
Sometimes taking out time for ourselves can leave us feeling guilty. We may feel that we are wasting our time or not spending enough time with your family.
But believe me, it is not waste of time. It is a mandatory and vital thing to live a happier life. “Me time” allow us to start a journey of “Self-discovery” and help us to learn a new way of living a life. Of course, that is more productive and fulfilling.
How to carve out some quality “Me time”?
Here are few simple tips that can help you carve some “me time”-
- Get up little early in the morning before everyone else and spend some quality moment with yourself. Practicing meditation, yoga or just a simple prayer with gratitude are some easy ideas to start your day. You will have increased feeling of self-esteem, better stamina and more positivity throughout the day, by following this simple 2–5-minute routine.
- Get unplugged from gadgets and digital media. turn off the electronic devices (TV, phone etc.) and take a break from constant surfing. This “Digital detox” process will help in carving out more me time and help in reducing mental and physical fatigue.
- Pre-plan your “me time”, like any other important things. Try to do things that you love to do. Spend some time for doing things which you love to do, make you feel happy and refreshed.
- Use power of imagination. Close your eyes and imagine walking along a white sandy beach or admiring a field of wildflowers, will help you to ease your stress and improve your mood.
- Close your door if you want to spend “me time” at home. And make everyone aware that you don’t want to get disturbed for few minutes until and unless there is an emergency.
- Turn your exercise or workout time as a “me time” and try to be mentally calm and peaceful during this time. This will help to reduce your physical and mental stress level.
What are your favorite ways to spend “me time”? Please share with me.
This post is a part of #CauseAChatter with Blogchatter.