The Importance of Me Time When You Have Relapsing MS By Rachel, Wife, Mother, Domestic Engineer • May 14, 2018
Question: How do you make yourself a priority? Better yet—do you make yourself a priority? These are important questions for anyone to consider, but in my opinion, they’re even more important for someone who is living with the daily challenges of RMS.
Whether you’re single, married, have children (the list of possibilities goes on and on), I know that all of us get caught up in life’s craziness sometimes.
How many times have you said to yourself “There are not enough hours in a day” or “Sorry, I don’t have time for that”?
Unfortunately, there will always be only 24 hours in a day. I have not managed to figure out how to add hours. If anyone does know how, I would so appreciate you sharing your secrets with me!
Now what about the “Sorry, I don’t have time for that” excuse? I will share with you one thing I know to be true: If you don’t make time for something you won’t ever have time for it—whatever it may be.
This brings me back to my first question. How do you, or do you make yourself a priority? “Me-time” is incredibly important and I don’t think we get nearly enough of it. Me-time allows us to regroup, refresh, and recharge.
If taking me-time isn’t currently on your radar, may I encourage you to start thinking about it now? Taking time to care for yourself isn’t just your responsibility to you. It’s a responsibility you have to those around you. Because when you feel good, you’re better equipped to take on your other tasks. If you’re feeling guilty about taking time for yourself, I give you permission to stop right this instant. You are worthy and deserving of time for yourself.
I’ve made a commitment to myself to hit the pause button once in a while and take some time for me. I find it’s most convenient for me to do this on Mondays. I’ll take a look at my family’s schedules, make sure I’m not missing anything important, and plan for the week ahead. And the thing is, I make myself a part of this plan. Evaluating what needs to be done, who needs to be where and when they have to be there helps me better manage my time and stay organized.
Now, believe me, I haven’t perfected this system, but the effort is there. As a matter of fact, last night I messed up and took my son to his basketball practice 2 WEEKS EARLY. Oops! Oh well. We went out for ice cream instead.
What’s important is that while I’m working through my family’s crazy agenda, I look for potential opportunities for me-time throughout the week. I’ve learned a lot about prioritizing. Sometimes my me-time comes first, and that means I have to say no to other, less important activities. So I’ve also learned how to say no to things that don’t bring me joy, or that I’m not obligated to do. I’d also like to add that I have finally developed the ability to feel no guilt over this, which used to be a real challenge for me. Do you know how freeing that is??
So what does me-time look like to you? Is it indulging in your favorite hobby (mine is horseback riding)? Taking some time to read your favorite book? Just sitting outside and taking a few deep breaths? Or maybe it’s doing absolutely nothing for 15 minutes???
Though it may seem impossible at first, I challenge you to create time for yourself. It can make a world of difference in your happiness and even how you approach life.
What do you do to quiet life’s craziness? Let us know in the comments below.
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