We all need some ‘me time’ to get us through busy or stressful periods, but sometimes it’s easier said than done! BIBO has found some clever ways to grab some well deserved quality time with just yourself for company
When you’re rushed off your feet from dusk ‘til dawn, me time is a luxury you can rarely afford. But taking a breather really shouldn’t be a luxury.
And it doesn’t have to involve making elaborate arrangements for a weekend away or full-day spa session (though both are still nice!). Just 20 minutes can be enough to unwind and feel refreshed.
And if you think you can’t spare the time, think again – taking a break makes you more productive, improves memory and boosts creativity, according to UK researcher Javier S Bautista.
ways to sneak in some me time
BIBO has found five clever ways to step off the treadmill and wallow in some much-deserved leisure.
The most important thing to remember is that me time doesn’t just happen – you have to schedule it. Be proactive and give yourself some slots where you can switch off your phone and concentrate on you. No one need know and, really, nothing catastrophic is going to happen if you’re offline for a few precious moments!
a grown-up play date
This is a new and fun phenomenon that’s been sweeping the globe. The idea is that, instead of just ringing a friend for a chat or (worse) an exchange over social media, you organise an activity to take your mind of things. It could be putt-putt, racing paper boats down a stream, 10-pin bowling or even a craft class.
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bite-sized yoga sessions
If something provokes gnashing of teeth and prolonged hand ringing, then an impromptu bout of yoga can be just the thing to centre and find some inner calm. There are loads of sessions as short as five minutes for all standards on YouTube.
time out tea
A warm mug of your favourite herbal infusion can lift the day’s weight off your shoulders. And new MOOD Tea has four delicious flavours to suit your every emotion:
Happy Days - Sweet, tart and fruity, this energy boosting hibiscus, ginger and apple blend reduces anxiety and stress.
Sweet Lullaby – Natural rooibos and skullcap root calm you down ready for bed and promote restful sleep.
Get On Up – Infused with cinnamon, lemon balm and pineapple, this invigorates the mind to promote mental alertness.
Be Kind, Unwind – Any tension in your muscles will ease as you taste the cool peppermint and cinnamon notes. Passionflower and licorice root induce deep relaxation.
All the proceeds go towards Aussie charities promoting mental health for young people. Whichever one you choose, make sure you don’t waste valuable time waiting for the kettle to boil! Having instant boiling water that’s filtered and purified on hand is so, so nice when you want to take a few minutes to yourself.
A few precious minutes stretched out in a bath with essential oils, relaxing music and a scented candle can feel truly decadent. Take a book, set Spotify to ‘relaxing tunes' and leave the phone in the kitchen. A dreamy MOOD Tea is the cherry on the cake (actual cake works too!).
Get the kids to agree that Mummy/Daddy Time means one hour where they are not allowed to disturb you unless they are on fire! Not only that, but each of them must do one job that will save you some time – walk the dog, peel some veg, tidy their room, unpack the dishwasher or something else. Don’t get them to vacuum, though, as part of your 60 minute break might involved a sneaky nanna nap.
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