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Saturday, 22 February 2014

5 Advantages of 'Me' Time: Relax, being alone really isn't that bad


Everyone needs a bit of me time. Whether that’s a relaxing bath, going for a run or even a
spring clean of your wardrobe, spending time on yourself is important. Life doesn’t need to feel like one never-ending to do list.With the chaos of everyday life, it is easy to forget how valuable winding down can be. As someone who prefers to be with people all times of the day, I feel like I'm missing out when I find myself alone at home with nothing to do. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing! Read on the find out why...
I realise that when you find yourself an hour here or there, it may not seem wise to switch off. But there are so many advantages of spending time doing something that makes you happy. As much as we want to speed through life at 100mph, it isn’t always possible. At least not for the majority of us. Health experts are forever telling us of the physical and psychological benefits of taking time out. Here’s a few examples, in no particular order, of how I like to spend ‘me time’ and why it can help you to relax, feel confident and embrace the day:
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1.       Read a magazine
 
This is literally my favourite thing to do when I have a quiet afternoon planned. If you feel put off by spending £3/4, just think you’d probably spend the same on a Subway – so swap the minutes satisfaction from junk food over for hours of entertainment and good reads. Or, even easier, most are online with tons of material to get through. I must admit, I spend so much money on magazines and they sit in a pile (which is forever growing due to their glossy covers being so damn seductive), as I collect the next month’s issue and the next… Before I know it I’m reading hottest spring trends in August. But, aside from ‘current’ fashion must-haves, they have advice/information to offer which can be absorbed (or in my case, followed religiously) throughout the year. Reading these distracts me from to-do tasks on my mind and gives me inspirational (and expensive) things to lust over. It simply puts me in a positive mood. I can look forward to trying out a new product suggested, or feel a little more intelligent having had current affairs explained to me from beginning to end. Sometimes it’s just refreshing to read columnist/reader/celebrity opinions on life challenges and know others feel the same as you. Lastly and shamefully, I just like being able to find out Kardashian outfits of the day (cue Daily Mail) from the comfort of my own home. Whether it’s Cosmopolitan, Glamour (my two favourites), or something else… read away!
 
2.       Give your wardrobe a spring clean

I wish my wardrobe looked like this! I’ve never been a clothes hoarder. Being someone who gets bored of clothes pretty much as soon as I’ve worn them once, makes cleaning out my wardrobe a satisfying and easy job. But probably not so satisfying when I have to spend more money on clothes, but then buying those clothes will be satisfying… what a vicious circle! That’s not to say I don’t have loved and adored staple items which I’ll probably take with me into the next decade, but I seem to collect so many unused clothes. From ridiculous amount of tops in 5 different colours, jumpers that will only ever look good on the hanger and jeans from 5 years ago which would break my heart to part with. But these need to go… what better excuse to make room for new items. You can even sell these and make a little money – hello shopping trip! Our bodies and styles change every now and then, so must out wardrobes. You can then hang everything perfectly, colour-coordinate, fold, organise in boxes and so on. Tidy room, tidy mind!

3.       Give yourself a full body pamper
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Putting on your favourite film or latest of episode of a T.V series whilst you wait for your next-to-perfect toe polish to dry is heavenly. I know there are millions things in the world more so, but there is something about the small moment that is so satisfying. Starting the day with freshly painted nails and manicured hands/feet, feels like you can conquer the world. Similarly to the feeling when you put on pretty, new underwear, no one can see it but you know. If you’re going for the head-to-toe feel good factor, I’d do this: wax/shave, exfoliate, cleanse, moisturise, face+hair mask and blow dry hair. I find it so relaxing and beneficial to take the time to make myself feel good and then getting into cosy pyjamas for a decent night’s sleep, ready to take on tomorrow feeling at your best.

4.       Enjoy a hot drink
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If you’re a tea lover like me, the warm feeling of a cup of tea can lift your mood instantly. Or even a cup of coffee might do the trick. Sit back and enjoy a hot beverage, and take a minute to clear your mind. If you really want to indulge why not get creative with your hot chocolate and naughty amount of toppings. Healthier options such as green tea, are currently trending with food fanatics as the health benefits of these ‘superteas’ claim to revitalise, promote digestive health and fill you with vitamins. Not bad…I’d always recommend the healthier versions as they say a healthier lifestyle is a happier one. Check out some health-boosting teas recommended by Cosmopolitan here.

5.       Try out a new recipe
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I’m not a pro at cooking but I do enjoy trying things out now and then. Making a perfect pastry or adorable cupcake is exciting, not to mention when you get to try out the delight, mmm. Cooking for yourself as an experiment, relives the pressure of cooking for guests so when it all goes pear-shaped – who cares! I get a buzz out of just creating something. Following a recipe whilst you’re dancing round the kitchen to  Radio 1 carefree is so stress-relieving! If you really aren’t feeling up to it, watching others do the work on the amazing show that is ‘The Great British Bake Off’ is basically the same (isn’t it?).

I hope this inspires you!


 

10 comments :

  1. I love this! It's so true, I need some me time pronto!

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    1. Yes!! make sure you take the time to have it:) thank you xx

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  2. Me time = favourite time

    Kristine | tinikc.blogspot.com

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  3. I love my "me time" ,and these are some good ideas <3
    Thank you for the nice post!~ ^_^

    http://www.beautylish-life.com/

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm glad you liked it, get relaxing with some me time!! xx

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  4. You described my favorite way to spend a Sunday!! www.divinemzm.com

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    1. Mine too! my favourite way to spend anyday really - although it always ends up being Sunday xx

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  5. Hey chikita! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. You will find your questions here: http://tinikc.blogspot.ca/2014/02/heres-to-liebster-nomination-3.html
    Good Luck! <3

    Kristine | tinikc.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey! Thank you for the nomination :) We have already completed it check out our post here: http://www.chick-chat.co.uk/2014/02/liebster-award-discover-new-blogs.html

      Thanks though! xxx

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