I’ve decided to dedicate more time to looking after me and getting to know me, see my anxiety reduction plan for more detail! So I had my first ‘me weekend’ and I loved it.
I did what I wanted to do and didn’t feel an ounce of guilt for it. No plan, no organiser, no schedule, I just went with the flow.
I started a project i’d been meaning to get round to for ages! Drank tea, did yoga, made a cake, wrote in my diary, read, cleaned the flat. All things things that I would usually would feel like I didn’t have time for.
So here are a four things I learnt from dedicating a weekend to me:
I don’t have to plan my schedule and follow it to a tee to feel productive. Not having a schedule is freeing. It meant I was more open to going with the flow. So I felt like I had time to do things that I’ve been meaning to do for ages. Like dismantling my jewellery box and giving it a lick of paint.
Clean house = clean mind. And I actually enjoy cleaning. It can be quite relaxing once you get into it. It keeps my mind just busy enough so that it doesn’t go off on a tangent!
Spending more time on me doesn’t make me selfish. In fact the opposite was true, more time for me = more time for others. I had an emergency call from my sister needing University coursework help. I was able to give her all the time and attention that she needed. Because I didn’t have anything pressing to do and I’d given myself the space I needed to recharge!!
Prep and planning for the week ahead makes all the difference. Usually I get back home at 8pm after a weekend away and barely have time to unpack my tooth brush and then I have to deal with the disorganisation the next morning. But I managed to prep lunch, gym bag and clothes for an early start and 6.30 workout sesh before work. And I felt great for it!
So I challenge you to dedicate a weekend, day, evening, hour or even just 10 minutes for yourself. Don’t plan to do anything in particular, but be mindful and aware of what you choose to do in that moment 🙂