Why Taking Time For Yourself Is So Important

In today's world it is very easy to overwork yourself and forget to take time out and unwind. Something I feel that we all need to learn is how to tell when we need that time out and also ways in which we can de-stress effectively. It's a well established fact that when you're under immense pressure, stressed, tired etc., that your productivity levels fall through the floor and you're much more likely to have difficulty concentrating. I think that many of us feel as if we're invincible, but we're not. It's okay to take an hour or two a day just for yourself, whether that's completely alone, or just doing something with friends which has no relevance to work. 

One thing a lot of people feel when they're not busy doing something is that they're missing out on something big and important. You might be. You might be missing out on a Friday night out with some friends but if it's been a long and testing week, then it's quite likely that an evening on the sofa with a good film and some chocolate is actually much more appealing. That Friday evening might be the only free time you have that week and as tempting as a night out might be, your mind might subconsciously be telling you that it needs a break. Sure they might have a great night out, but the next morning you'll be feeling refreshed and they'll probably be feeling a little worse for wear. 

Another reason to take time out is so that you can gain perspective on whatever might be troubling you. Stepping back, taking a break and assessing the situation can sometimes be all that is necessary to solve a problem which has been niggling away at your brain. Taking a walk, reading a book and listening to music are some ways that can distract your brain to the point where you start to think rationally again. A lot of the time, the reason you're having such trouble is because you're just overthinking it to the point where nothing makes sense.

A while back I wrote a post about ways you can wind down, giving some options as to how you can de-stress after a long day. If you like, you can read that post here. Daily blogging actually takes up a lot more time and energy than I had anticipated and there have been points where I've considered stopping and giving up. Taking time out has allowed me to regain my focus and that is partially what has prompted this post. Make sure you take time for yourself, otherwise you're just going to overwork yourself to the point of exhaustion. Almost everthing will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.


23 comments:

  1. Amen sister, I'm someone who doesn't like to be around a lot of people so taking time for myself is so very important. I get stressed, anxious and moody when I'm around people and when I'm on my own I always feel so much better. xx

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  2. We so often get caught up in our race to our goals that we often forget to just take a break and breath for a second! Giving yourself that time is so important and you've mentioned some great reminders!

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  3. This is a great post. Alone time is very much needed in today's world especially with all the hassles and bustles here and there. Personal time gives the much needed space for one to take a breather and realign thoughts.

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  4. I'm such a strong believer when it comes to spend time on yourself. Everyday i try to set aside some time, where I drink a glass of wine or watch a show all by myself. That refreshes my mind and makes me recharged.

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  5. You are totally right. It's so important to take time for yourself or give yourself at least an hour or two a day to unwind. I get tense so I find time before work to workout and meditate in the sauna before going to work. After work, I like to take walks in parks or bike rides to balance myself out. In the winter, I like to color.

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  6. Great post. It is so hard to take time for yourself, but very important.

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  7. You might be missing out on a Friday night out with some friends but if it's been a long and testing week, then it's quite likely that an evening on the sofa with a good film and some chocolate is actually much more appealing. That Friday evening might be the only free time you have that week and as tempting as a night out might be, your mind might subconsciously be telling you that it needs a break. Sure they might have a great night out, but the next morning you'll be feeling refreshed and they'll probably be feeling a little worse for wear. (boy is this true for me!)

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  8. So true. Especially on days where you have a long to-do list, taking time for yourself can feel like such a waste.

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  9. Self-care is so very important. Too often, we take care of everyone else and forget about ourselves.

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  10. That is an awesome quote. It is so true, I am definitely a preacher of self-care which so many women, in particular, don't take the time to do.

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  11. So true, I say this all the time, love the quote about unplugging! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Great piece. Now to figure out how to retrain myself to unwind, relax and refocus.....

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  13. Great post, especially the tiny little quote at the end. I need to unplug myself lol

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  14. This is so important. I think spending time for yourself definitely means unplugging but it also means reconnecting with loved ones and friends that support you for who you are!

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  15. Me-time is important. Getting away from social media is the first step of course.
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  16. This is so true, I have two little ones and rarely take time for myself. Lately I have been realizing that if I took some time for myself and felt less stressed we all would be happier!

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  17. Amazing... most people forget to do this, and it can result in so many additional problems! Loved it.

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  18. Great post. We all think we look after ourselves but many of us just don't. I'm learning the importance of self-care.

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  19. Great post! Sometimes we forgot this. When we are mothers we don't have enough time for ourselves, but that is not so good.

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  20. This is all too true. Self care is so important. And I love that last quote, we really do need to recharge every now and then.

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  21. I use to never take time for myself and was always negative but once I stepped back to really see all I had accomplished, I realized I did conquer a lot. For me, I just don't give myself enough credit and I am kind of a workaholic. But by taking time for myself, I've become a more positive, happier person.

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  22. Completely agree with this. You need to take time out to reflect on things and get perspective. For me, the best way to do this when I'm short of time is to go for a walk on my own!

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  23. Taking the time to gain perspective is key to resolving problems. I agree with all of your points!

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