The Need For “Me Time”

A client was once so overwhelmed with everything in her life, three kids, job, spouse, and with other obligations that she never had time to take a break. And because she never took a break all of those parts of her life suffered. It was the perfect example of the need for “me time.”

We live in a fast-pace world and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Everyone is busy with an endless list of tasks and To-Do Lists a mile long rarely ever taking time to recharge.

Even the most fuel-efficient car in the world has stop at the gas station to refuel eventually. “Me Time” is the time you recharge your battery and refill your tank. It allows you to rebuild your stores and sets you up to give more to others.

Taking “Me Time” is not being selfish or isolating as some may think. It is actually a mandatory part of taking care of your wellness. It is wonderful to be the kind of person who can give endlessly and nurture others; this world needs people like that, but even the most giving person needs to take a break every once in a while.

Ironically it is often the person who gives the most, and who is the most depleted from constantly giving, and needs to take a break the most who doesn’t understand the reason and need for taking a break and giving themselves some “me time….”

When the struggle begins and they feel themselves slipping and not being able to give more, they in turn try to give more, and that never works, it only depletes more energy. Stopping and taking some “me time” will break that cycle of depletion.

It is important to understand the need for “me time” and to create that habit of taking the time to nurture yourself. Remember… Taking care of others begins with taking care of yourself.

Do it for yourself, and do it often because you are worth it.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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