What is “me” time? And isn’t it wrong to want it?
“Me” time is any time that helps you to recharge your batteries, whether it’s going out with friends, reading a book, or something else. And, no, it’s not wrong to want it.
It’s easy to think in black and white, all or nothing terms. I’m either taking care of someone else or I’m taking care of myself; the two are not compatible. But that’s not actually true.
In fact, if you take some time to take care of yourself (physically, mentally, and emotionally) you will actually be better able to help other people. So it’s not really selfish to want at least some time for yourself. It’s a win-win situation.
So what can you do? Figure out what tasks you can delegate at home or at work. Set boundaries and learn to say no to some of the requests that are made of you. Make an effort to remember/discover what you like to do so you can find a part of yourself that’s just for you, not for anyone else.
Don’t be surprised if this turns out to be a difficult process; if you’re used to taking care of others at your own expense, it can be difficult to find a balance between self-care and taking care of others. But it is well worth the effort.
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