Alone time is a very important part of one’s mental wellbeing. When we get it, we gain perspective, decompress, feel happier, and approach life in a more balanced way. When we don’t get enough alone time, we can fell increased levels of stress, frustration, and irritability. A good amount to aim for is about half an hour a day. Although half hour to an hour each day to dedicate to yourself may seem like a lot, think about it this way: One hour is 1/24th of your day – not very much in the grand scheme of things, is it?
In order to build time in for yourself, plan it and more importantly, prioritize it. Here are some suggestions:
- Build it In: Every day this week, get up half an hour earlier or go to bed half an hour later. Granted, you want to maintain your seven to eight hours of shuteye every night, so avoid sacrificing sleep. If there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, consider adjusting the rest of the day to accommodate. For instance, if you work, take your lunch break alone and do something that is important to you. If you work from home or are a stay at home mom, have someone watch your child for an hour. Look for the opportunities that already exist and be a little creative in finding and scheduling time for you.
- Make an Appointment: If you maintain a calendar, schedule it in so that it is like an appointment. This will keep it blocked off so that there is less of a chance of it being eaten up by something or someone else.
- Technology Curfew: Turn off your phone, your laptop, and any other distracting electronics after 8pm. Keep them off until a set hour in the morning so that you give your eyes and your mind a break from the constant distractions of technology.
- Structuring Children’s Schedules: If you have children, build structure into their schedules so that you can have more structure in yours.
What else do you do to build in you time?
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