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3 Tips for Making More “Me” Time

By May 16, 2014health + fitness

making me time

It’s Friday already. In the blink of an eye, it will be Sunday and time to prepare for the next week ahead. How much “me” time have you taken this week? If you’re like most of us, the answer is little to none. With hectic schedules and being spread so thin, it can be almost impossible to carve out a few minutes for yourself.

Whether it’s a quick walk in the morning to get your day started, or a bit of afternoon yoga, it’s important to take some time for yourself; remaining active and living a healthy lifestyle keeps us moving, and working at our best!  We spend so much time on-the-go that we barely stop “smell the roses” (I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing). Every woman needs time to breathe – time to relax after a stressful day.  Here are some quick tips and suggestions for carving out some “me” time amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life:

1) NEVER stress eat – On days when you’re feeling overwhelmed and have a lot to do, try light snacks such as granola bars, fruit, and remember to carry water.  Water is your friend!

2) Establish a morning ritual – Waking up refreshed in the morning is the key to starting your day.  Whether you choose to meditate, read or reflect over an inspirational quote, or some type of exercise, the key is to relax the body.  A morning spent in fury or frustration typically leads to a crazy day.

3) Have fun!  After all, we’re women!  Take some time to get a mani/pedi or shop.  The key is stay active and, in the process, make yourself happy.

We spend so much time helping others that sometimes we rarely take the time to acknowledge ourselves for our hard work.  If you’re working towards weight loss goals, make a chart for yourself and assign an award system.  For example, after 15 pounds, why not go out and buy that bathing suit you’ve been wanting?  Make your final goal something spectacular: a vacation to the islands.

Remember, balancing a fit lifestyle and investing time in yourself is crucial; if you’re feeling worn out, don’t ignore the signs!  Get out and do what makes you happy – after all, you know your body best.

Alana Patrick is a writer and natural hair fanatic for Reset Magazine in Virginia Beach, VA.  To keep up with her tips, tricks, and daily life, connect with her on Instagram at Bee_Shore, as well as