Between working, family obligations, running endless errands, indulging in a social life and so many other items average person’s to-do list, the one who usually gets the least time and consideration of needs is oneself. In today’s busy world, 24 hours rarely seems like enough time to accomplish everything and in short sight, it can feel like the easiest way to cram it all in is to skip the seemingly non-essentials – reading a book, getting a manicure, going for a run, or whatever other little things you do to treat yourself.
Skimping on “me-time” is a critical part of managing the stresses of everyday life. While stress is a natural process and a common bodily reaction to daily stimuli and not all is harmful, giving yourself time to recover from stresses is essential. Furthermore, continued and ongoing stress can seriously affect your health. From that insomnia that won’t give relief , to a drop in sex drive, a nagging cold to muscle tension, letting stress go unchecked can affect your physical health and interrupt your daily life. Stress can also affect a person mentally. Irritation that leads to increased friction with loved ones and loss of self-control that can lead to binging on food or alcohol are also associated with stress.
With such a wide range of symptoms that can be both fleeting and prolonged, it can be hard to attribute where your negative side effects are coming from. By preventing stress symptoms (or relieving them once they set in), a person will be both happier and healthier. It is key to figure out what personal stressors are, as well as figuring out what indicators your body is giving when it needs a break.
Mentally, giving in to stress can be even more overwhelming. As anxiety sets in, people tend to swell on that negativity. These feelings deplete energy and rob an individual of concentration. When these feelings come to a pinnacle, a person will experience burn out as well, which could spill over into both their personal and professional lives.
One of the easiest ways to truly recharge and relieve stress is allowing yourself regular “me-time.” Whether it’s 5 minutes of stretching or mediating or disconnecting to go for a massage, getting in those little pick-me-ups is essential. Take an introspective look inward to figure out what truly brings you joy and/or relaxes you. Take these activities and incorporate them into regular life, even if it means to start and get used to it by scheduling it in to a planner, like any other important engagement. Get comfortable with the idea that this is not selfish. Furthermore, by doing so, you ( and your friends and family) will find you to be more engaged and productive.