Taking Time for Yourself & How To Do It

Now that the kids have left home, you will find that you have much more time on your hands. This can be a new, yet puzzling scenario. While you were caring for your family, it’s common to put your needs behind everyone else’s. Now that you have a bit more free time, it’s time for you to begin to caring for yourself again.

Taking time out for you can be a lot of fun. There are a variety of ways to do it and truth be told it’s entirely up to your imagination as to how you choose to do this.

Please note! This is not time to run errands and do the ‘shoulds’ in your life, nor should you fill this time with anything other than what you want to be doing. Fill it with something that you find pleasurable.

Here are some suggestions of things you may enjoy doing:

  1. Read a book
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Get a massage or learn how to give one
  4. Write a book
  5. Attend a cooking class
  6. Take up photography
  7. Travel
  8. Mediate
  9. Exercise
  10. Go for a bike ride
  11. Paint
  12. Make a nice pot of tea and savour it
  13. Go to movies
  14. Go to the theatre or an art gallery
  15. Learn how to read Oracle Cards or Amanda’s Discover 7 senses cards (out late 2015)
  16. Make soaps or candles
  17. Learn how to knit or sew or crochet
  18. Climb a mountain
  19. Learn how to fly
  20. Sing

 

Taking time out for yourself is vital to your state of wellbeing, so make it an important meeting with yourself. If you have a diary, schedule it in: for example Monday 7am – Time for me. If it’s in your diary and you have scheduled it the same as an appointment you will know it’s coming up and have something to look forward to and you’re more likely to actually do it.

This is where we often slip up. We will set the things aside that we enjoy doing when something else comes along. I’m asking you not to do this unless that ‘thing’ is really important such as an illness in the family or an emergency. By making yourself and the ‘time out for you’ a priority it recharges your batteries and helps you to feel whole happy and alive.

If you want to find a more specific way of writing down the steps for creating ‘time for you’, it can be one of your petals and action steps that are part of The Amanda Method on my web site.

You’re worth it. Start now!

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