Allowing yourself to enjoy yourself
Let’s talk about “ME” and by me I mean let’s talk about YOU prioritizing “Me Time”. As we get older and into adulthood our schedules tend to be overwhelmed with responsibilities. Work, bills, kids, cleaning, cooking, balance out your schedule with your partner’s schedule, ect. It can get hectic and crazy, and over time it’s just exhausting. You see as adults we tend to forget a major component of life and that one small but impactful component is… PLAY!
Yes, that right play. When was the last time you went out and did something just for the simple joy of doing it? I bet it’s been awhile. I know from personal experience. I would wake-up, go to work, get home, and sit down and do more work. I even noticed that most of my conversation revolved around work or tasks that needed to be done. Well, this may come as a surprise to you, but life does not revolve around work!
Take a deep breath in and out, write it down “Life does not revolve around work”, say it out loud, “ Life does not revolve around work”, take another deep breath in and slowly exhale. How do you feel? How does it feel to verbally give yourself permission to go play? Write those feelings down, bask in it, enjoy it.
Now, that we have given ourselves permission to GO PLAY, let’s look at how we can accomplish this more.
Step 1: Use a calendar, journal, planner or app to schedule out your day. You can plan out a whole month, week, or even just 1 day at a time. Whatever helps to get the habit rolling.
Step 2: Before anything else schedule “Me Time” on your calendar. Do this first! Whether it’s getting your nails done, going to the gym, reading, or trying out that new dance class you’ve been wanting to take, put it in the calendar before all else. Lock it in, set reminders, go do it.
Step 3: After you scheduled your “Me Time” fill in the rest of your calendar. Schedule work hours, appointments, obligations. After you have it all filled out, look where the rest of your “free time” is? Do you have any? If so, schedule more play time.
Here is an example: