Living in a modern city has its own pros and cons. It enables all of us to enjoy the world-class facilities that come with a well-developed infrastructure. On the flip side, city life poses a lot of pressure and stress on us. Increasing pollution, traffic, work pressure, sales targets…and what not? It’s easy to get bewildered by the constant pressure. With all of us connected round the clock with social media, emails and instant messaging our minds hardly get any time to rest. How to de-stress and maintain sanity? That is a million dollar question! Me Time is one of the best ways to de-stress.
What is “Me time”?
“Me time” is your personal time. It is putting yourself first and choosing to do what you love. Many people struggle to make time for themselves due to various commitments. As per various studies, going for a long period without time for yourself may lead to burnout. “Me time” can make you a better person, and improve your efficiency.
Here are 5 reasons why you should take time out for yourself
- It allows you to clear your mind
- It increases productivity and creativity
- It allows you to plan your life & gain a new perspective
- Avoids burn-outs
- Self-care is a way forward
What are the different ways in which you can use your “Me Time”?
There are many ways in which you can utilize time for yourself. I live in a city inhabited by 3.5 million people. Let me show you how the inhabitants of this city make time for themselves. I have managed to capture a few pictures that show 9 me time ideas from Jaipur.
1. Get away from the city
For some, being able to get away from the concrete structures to enjoy nature works best. While a lot of people prefer to take off for a few days in the Himalayas, it is not always possible for everyone to travel out. In such a case, take a break for a few hours or a day. Find some nice place amidst nature to unwind.
Read Nature walk in Jaipur,
2. Find solace in divinity
Some people enjoy reading religious scriptures or chanting the Shloka/Mantras. It has been scientifically proven that chanting has a calming effect on the mind.
3. Take a stroll in the park
Greenery and parks are known to have a positive impact on our minds. There are people who fall back on parks whenever they are upset. A round of jogging or a brisk walk is all they need to rejuvenate.
4. Listen to the music
Listening to your favorite music makes you happy and will put you in a good mood. Good mood equates energy.
5. Put on your dancing shoes
There are so many dance forms to choose for de-stressing. While some prefer classical dance forms, others pick western dance forms. Lately, many gyms in the city have started offering aerobic and Zumba as an alternative to the usual workouts. Nightclubs also continue to be a very popular option for those who want to dance the night away.
Find a quiet place and close your eyes. Doing some deep breathing helps you to clear your mind & detox. The eastern cultures lay a lot of stress on meditation to de-stress. Having realized its importance doctors also advocate meditation.
7. Watch the sunset or a sunrise
Let the magic of nature cast its magic on you. The sunrise and sunset are known to be a big attraction among the youngsters here in Jaipur. There are plenty of places in Jaipur to watch the sunset or a sunrise.
Read: Enjoying Solitude & Sunrise,
8. Treat the foodie in you
Food has continued to be a big draw among humans for centuries. While binge eating has always been associated with stress, there is no harm in treating yourself sometimes with something special. How about that Jalebi, Ghevar, or dark chocolate mousse that you often crave about?
9. Catch up with your friends
Friends are stress busters. Share, laugh, and spend some quality time with friends. A regular dose will ensure your mental well-being.
It’s good to find “me time” even during work hours especially when your job is a high-pressure one. Here’s a picture of police-woman enjoying the view of Badrinath Temple, taking a mini break from her duty at Amer Fort.
However busy you are, you can always find time for yourself even if you have to start with just a few hours every week. Doing this can provide you with some breathing space in your life and help you unwind.
How do you make time for yourself? I would love to hear from you in the below comments.