Yes, You Need Alone Time.

Yesterday, I had a moment to myself. A very deserved and welcomed moment that resulted in the most amazing nap. If you’re thinking that this post is only about this nap, please bear with me. Because, it’s so much more than that. I know a lot of us lead crazy busy lives. And sometimes we might feel like we don’t have time or even deserve a moment for ourselves—guilt might even play a part in all of this. Wrong my loves…you need this right now, more than ever.

I will admit that I have been faced with personal struggles recently. To say I have been in a ragged state of mind, is an understatement. I feel like it’s taking a toll on my body, mind, and spirit. Yesterday was one of those days for me and it was just the reminder I needed.

After my mentally exhausting afternoon, I came home, opened my patio door, and nestled into the corner of my couch. It was unusually windy and we were expecting rain here in L.A. Little did I know how much the weather would play a part in the calming of my soul.

As the wind blew through the sky high palm trees outside and the rain started—it created the most soothing sound. I was instantly relaxed. I thought to myself—I have so much to do. I need to get some work done, get dinner ready, and clean my apartment all before my hubby gets home. Then…I said screw it. I’m going to take this nap! I saw it as a sign that my body and my mind needed to recharge.

I know people might say this a lot, but it was one of the best naps ever. It was just what I needed. I woke up feeling so much better. And I still had time to get dinner ready, but the work and the cleaning didn’t get done. I’m OK with that. There’s no need for me to stress out over something today that can be done tomorrow.

I understand that we are all in different stages of our lives. My stresses may be different from yours. Whether it involves work, family, deadlines, health, or even financial issues. And I know I’m not a therapist or specialist in this field (please don’t feel ashamed of seeking professional medical help if needed). But, I do know that we all need a moment to ourselves now and then. Yes, alone time.

I challenge you today to take at least one hour a week for alone time. I want you to do something relaxing. It must be healthy, positive, and help you feel recharged afterwards. You are worth it. Will you take the challenge?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a nap.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Go to a day spa.
  • Get a manicure and pedicure.
  • Take a drive along a scenic route.
  • Get a massage.
  • Take a walk.
  • Download a relaxation app with calming sounds. Put on your headphones and take deep soothing breaths.
  • Grab a cup of herbal tea and read a book.
  • Take a bath.
  • Try yoga.
  • Listen to your favorite music.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Create a spa at home.
  • Go for a run.
  • Get crafty and create a DIY project.
  • Sing or hum (whatever you prefer).
  • Watch a movie.
  • Take a dance class.
  • Try meditating.
What do you do during your alone time? Share with us below!

 

Featured Image via Flickr/Maria Adele

  • Wine and write. I love just taking the time out to journal my thoughts and enjoy a big glass of wine. LOL.

    • CURVESandCHAOS

      @tikeethathomas:disqus ohhhhhh wine…LOL!

  • This is great advice – I’m glad you got a moment to breathe and relax. When I need a reboot I usually take a bath and read a book. A good book usually gives my brain a break from thinking about all of my stresses and I get to get lost in another world.

    • CURVESandCHAOS

      Thank you @disqus_FOjxD8Yvde:disqus I feel like my brain always needs a break! LOL!!

  • Mine is gym time! But it has to be a class similar to kickboxing (makes me feel I’m punching the stress away). Glad you got to relax!

    • CURVESandCHAOS

      @disqus_xpGmKIGnAH:disqus Ohhhh I like the idea of kickboxing!

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