Hello Sweet Peas!
Welcome to day 18 of Blog a Day in May!
Now we all get stressed, stress is becoming the norm for our everyday routines. Some stress can be good, it can motivate us and give us that adrenaline rush we need to get ourselves through the day. I used to be the type of person who would purposely leave an essay until three days before it was due. I knew that was the bare minimum amount of time I could write an essay, any less and I was pretty much screwed. I didn’t do this because I was lazy, believe it or not, it was all very thought out. I love the adrenaline rush of working towards a deadline, the knowledge in the back of your mind that the clock is ticking. This is a good type of stress (if you like that kind of thing, my housemate used to do her essay weeks in advance. Two types of people!).
Even now, post-university I am recreating this situation for myself with Blog a Day in May, I am currently writing this post the day before it is due to go up. I work out how much time I need to complete the work and that is the amount of time I give myself, I’m the type of person if I have breathing room I will get distracted! But this healthy, fight or flight kind of stress can build up and start to weigh you down. All the little things in your life that are frustrating you come together to form one big cloud. This is the kind of stress we need to be careful of.
This being said, it can be hard to avoid stressful situations and scenarios, especially in today’s fast-paced society, and with the online world that never sleeps just a few clicks away. As a generation, we aren’t the best at switching off. Because we can’t avoid all stresses, it is incredibly important that you take some ‘me time.’ A time that is just for you.
Now, ‘Me Time’ doesn’t have to be hours soaking in a bubble bath with candles and soft music playing…unless that’s your thing. And I’ll be honest, this is one of my favourite ways to unwind. I have a massive collection of bathy things and bath bombs for such an occasion (you can check out what I use in the bath in one of my previous BADIM posts!).
This time can be as simple as having a cup of tea or as elaborate as having a night out! Those few precious minutes or hours are vital for your mental health. They allow you a chance to not think, not worry, not stress. Just be you and be calm. No matter who you are; working full time, single mum, student…all of the above! Make time to stop. Even if it’s for five minutes. Stop and breathe.
For me, I take my ‘Me Time’ in the mornings. I live alone so I have a good couple of hours to myself before the day starts. I wake up around 5am, open my blinds and just lie there for a moment, allowing the sunlight to wake me up. (Disclaimer, this only works during the summer hours. 5 am in the winter is still night time). Then when I’m ready, I get out of bed and make myself a cup of coffee (we all know how I feel about coffee!). Then I slip back into bed with my coffee and my laptop and watch 40 minutes to an hour of Youtube. Then at 6 or half 6 depending on the day (my work hours are weird), I’ll start getting ready and I’m out the door by either half 6 or 7…depending on the day. It’s not much, and I appreciate some people will read this and think I’m crazy for getting up at 5 just to do this. But this little routine sets me up for my day and is my ‘Me Time”.
Find something you enjoy and have a moment to enjoy the pleasure of it! A glass of wine, a cup of tea, listening to music, going for a run, reading a book! Don’t let your life become all about stress.
My grandma once said this to me (bless her soul) and it is something I will always remember. ‘Don’t take this life too seriously. None of us are getting out alive anyway.’
What do you like to do for your Me Time? Let me know in the comments!
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Love Ay xx