Sometimes giving yourself a break is the very thing you need.
Being a high-performance individual and expecting a lot from yourself is not a bad thing. Hard work is no bad thing, especially if it results in better outcomes for you and your family.
But what is a bad thing is working so hard that you neglect to look after your health. This is why you must sometimes learn to give yourself a break. That means taking time out to take a warm shower or to read a good book.
In this post, we'll explore why this is so important.
The Immediate Benefits of Taking 'Me Time'
The initial benefits of taking 'me time' are exactly as you would expect. Firstly, this allows you to rejuvenate and improve your health. When we are always wired and 'on the go,' it places our body into a state of arousal. This, in turn, means our heart rate is elevated and that our immune systems and even digestive systems are suppressed. We are not designed to remain in this state indefinitely.
When you take time out to relax, you allow your body the chance to recover, while your brain will be able to sort through thoughts and ideas.
Sleeping is not enough. You need additional time out to relax and allow your body and mind the chance to recover.
Do Things that You're Passionate About
Spend time every week participating in activities that you're passionate about. Head outside and enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods or break out the art supplies and paint for a couple of hours.
Participating in activities that you enjoy helps foster creativity skills in your brain, which can contribute to a healthy mind. Getting involved in activities that you haven't had the chance to enjoy but have always wanted to do can do wonders for your mental energy.
Opening yourself up to new experiences will stimulate your brain in a way that can help it to adapt to new environments.
You can also help to sharpen your brainwave patterns by diversifying the activities that you engage in. Trying something new will boost your mental energy.
If you don't know where to start, head to your local community center to see what kinds of programs they have to offer or check out Meetup.com to see if there is a group in your area. If you can't find something, take the initiative and start one in your community.
Participating in new outdoor activities will boost your energy even more because sunlight provides your body with Vitamin D, which is essential for increasing your energy levels. If you start to feel tired at work, take a short break, and head outside for a quick walk.
The Long-Term Benefits of Giving Yourself a Break
What's more, though, taking time out to do things you enjoy will help you be more effective and more productive the rest of the time.
Do you ever feel a lack of motivation and inspiration? This can lead to procrastination and poor performance at work, not to mention a lack of enjoyment in your life.
The problem is that spending all your time being productive can be a little "dry." 'Me time' is essential, because it allows you to do things you enjoy. This gives you something to look forward to and an opportunity to have fun. This contrast makes it much easier to get through a dull day.
Not only that, but most of the things we enjoy will inspire us in some way – whether we find them interesting, humorous, or moving. Being reminded of those emotions can help to give us more ideas and more purpose for the rest of our lives.
Not to mention the fact that relaxing has been shown in studies to stimulate creativity!
In short, always being on the go and continuously productive means failing to take a step back and look at the big picture. Taking time out is essential not only for your mood but also for your ingenuity and inspiration.
How do you spend your 'me time'?