Wednesday, March 20, 2019

7 Ways to Spend Your Me-Time

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We all need a little me-time now and then, but sometimes it's hard to know what to do with such a luxury... It's all well and good to schedule in a few moments to unwind with your thoughts, but not knowing how to spend the time could lead you to end up doing the exact hustle & bustle tasks you're trying to take a break from. Here are a few ways I like to spend my dedicated time off to unwind, recharge and get a break from my day-to-day responsibilities... 

1. Take a bath...
For me, there's no better way to unplug and recharge in a relatively short space of time than with a bath. Whether I use the tub time to shave my legs, catch up on some reading or to simply soak and relax, I always feel like a million bucks after a swim in the tub. I'm a big fan of bath bombs, bubbles, bath oils and bath salts these days - I seem to be buying them all in bulk and I use different things depending on the results I want. If I want to relieve muscle soreness from dancing or working out, I head straight to the magnesium bath salts. For a detox bath, epsom salts are my fave. If I just want to relax, I love the Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb or the Natura Siberica Revitalizing Bath Salt.

Running shoes

2. Go for a walk...
I don't get as much time for long walks as I used to, but I find there's nothing better for clearing my mind. I'm lucky enough to live near the river and the Thames River Trail so finding a good spot isn't too tough. When I'm going for a walk, the more nature the better, but even a quick jaunt around the block when that's all I have time for is okay too. Depending on how much time I have I might just stroll through the neighbourhood or I may go all out with a 10 mile walk, stopping at a pub for lunch along the way or even enjoy some sightseeing or shopping of some kind throughout.

Neon Pink Nails

3. Get a manicure...
A manicure is or at least can be both functional and relaxing. I go to a nail salon where the technicians aren't particularly chatty, so I find it's the perfect opportunity to be alone with my thoughts or, more often than not, a good time to completely zone out. I get something on my to-do list done and have a few minutes to chill at the same time.

4. Take a book or a magazine to a pub or coffee shop...
A lot of people seem to think that pubs are only for downing pints and enjoying indulgent Sunday roasts, but I beg to differ. A quiet, cozy pub, preferably one with a working fireplace in the winter or outdoor seating in the summer can be ideal for getting away from it all with some good reading. I love to take whatever book I'm reading at the moment to a peaceful local watering hole, grab a comfy chair or couch and order something like a coffee, ginger ale or even an orange juice and while away as much time as I have free getting lost in a great novel or memoir. It's a peaceful, enjoyable way to enjoy an afternoon!

popcorn and haribo

5. Watch a movie...
Movies used to be something so ordinary for me. I lived in a small town growing up, so we rented movies or watched them on TV pretty much every weekend. As I got older and moved away from home I found myself seeing fewer movies in favour of more exciting things to do and now I'm so busy all the time that a movie is a real treat. I try to stay current with my film watching as much as possible and when I really want to unwind a good flick is just the trick. I'll put down my phone, wear something comfy and grab some snacks. I absolutely love going to the cinema, but when nothing good is playing I'm quite happy with lighting a candle, grabbing a cuddly blanket and renting something on iTunes or finding a good film on Netflix.

dance shoes
Dress: ASOS / Shoes: Anita Flavina [gifted]
6. Take a class...
A class is such a good way to enjoy some me-time. It's so easy to get lost in your thoughts and if you're the kind of person who doesn't really enjoy being alone, it's a great way to take time for yourself in a group setting. My preference is always a dance class. I can get lost in the music and the process, enjoy the physical exertion and disappear from the demands of daily life. I have regularly scheduled dance classes every Monday and Thursday evening and I try not to miss them for anything if I can help it, but when I need a little more me-time, I sometimes look for other classes to attend. It doesn't have to be a dance class... Spinning, yoga, pilates, group meditation, or other fitness classes are all options. If you want something a bit more intense so you can have something that's just for you to look forward to regularly, look for classes in things that might interest you like photography, art, knitting, cooking, crafting, floral arranging, music, makeup or even something more academic you've always wanted to learn more about. Discount websites like Wowcher or Groupon often offer such classes at reduced prices. If fitness classes are more your speed, ClassPass might be just the right option for you. Whatever you choose, it's good to do something for yourself that's enriching and beneficial... The rewards can be endless and the escape from your regularly scheduled programming is a nice treat too!

sausages and bourbon

7. Cook or bake just for fun...
In my opinion there are two types of cooking... There's the cooking and baking you have to do like getting dinner on the table every evening, making cookies for the school bake sale, Sunday meal preps, packing lunches and Saturday morning breakfast for your hungry family. Then there's the other kind of cooking and it's my favourite... There are times when you can just cook to enjoy the process. There's no time limit, no rush, no hungry hoards asking if it's ready yet - just the chilled out time to put on your favourite soundtrack, get in the kitchen and enjoy the sweet mundaneness of things like stirring, chopping, kneading and flipping. It can be so therapeutic and the results of your lazy efforts will no doubt be delicious. I do this whenever I have the chance, spending a free Sunday afternoon in the kitchen making soup or baking a cake. Sometimes I experiment while other times I catch up on recipes I've been wanting to try. Sometimes we eat the food straight away and other times I freeze it or pop it into the fridge for leftovers to enjoy later in the week. Sometimes if I really just want to delight in the process, I even bake and give the food away to friends or neighbours. It's the simple processes I find so rewarding and it's a time when I can be alone with my thoughts, but not be bored.

How do you spend your me-time? If you have any great ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below!

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