Find more space for yourself in 2018

Last year, like all other years before it, has passed at an astonishing rate. Time flies when you’re having fun, and time really flies when you’re busy! 2017 was a year full of exciting change and new challenges, but I can’t help but wish I had taken more time for myself.

I want to read more fiction, do more yoga and discover new music, but these things all require space and time that I haven’t yet been able to prioritise.

It’s time to start prioritising. If everyone else is worthy of my time, care and attention, then so am I! Taking care of myself will benefit those around me, too, because when I am relaxed and recharged I have the energy and the willingness to give wholeheartedly. It’s a win-win.

Of course, we don’t all have the luxury of taking long walks on the beach every day, so here are a couple of great tips for finding more quality time for yourself this year:

  • Decide what you want. By making “me-time” a specific, measurable goal, you can hold yourself accountable and ensure you get what you need. Even if it’s just half an hour sitting in the garden with a glass of wine; plan for it, value it, and do not give it away.
  • Rearrange your calendar. If you’re struggling to find the time, try evaluating the way you’re spending your days and identifying time that could be better spent. Maybe you get sucked into browsing Pinterest more than you need to, or maybe you’re working too hard, which leads us on to the next point….
  • We’ve talked about delegating in an earlier blog post; this means giving the kids jobs, and outsourcing some of the bigger stuff like cooking and cleaning.
  • Enjoy it. Me-time isn’t a chore, but it is a necessity! So relax, accept that you are deserving of your own space, and enjoy every minute of it.

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