Health & Wellbeing

My caring role has meant I don’t have time for anything or anyone else, I feel so alone in this

Why don’t you try? : Take time for yourself

“Me time” doesn’t have to be a whole day at the spa. In fact, just few minutes squeezed into the middle of the day works if that’s all you have. You can (and should!) find a little time every day to relax and recharge, so whether it’s 20 minutes or a couple of hours, we’ve got a list of fun and fast ideas to help you make the most of the time you have all to yourself.

Unplug

Ban all electronics, social media, email and phone calls for a set amount of time, and instead read a book or magazine, go for a walk, or simply stare out the window and daydream. Squeeze this one in while having your morning coffee, while on a subway commute or cab ride, or on a Saturday afternoon between errands.

Create Something

Make and create, just for fun. The key is that it doesn’t have to be perfect; you don’t have to plan it out or do it exactly right. Draw, write, sculpt, bake a cake, colour in a colouring book… Just don’t get hung up on how it turns out. It’s the act of creating that’s important here, not the end result.

Take Yourself Out To Lunch

Indulge yourself in a leisurely meal alone at a nice sit-down restaurant or favourite cafe. This is a good one for a mid-week break from the usual routine, or a weekend escape when someone else is home with the kids. Read a book, people watch, get lost in thought… and thoroughly enjoy your meal.

Take A Nap

No, we don’t mean flopping down on the couch and waking up with a kink in your neck. Get in bed, all comfy under the covers, and really rest. Sleep if you have time, or at the very least close your eyes and revel in the fluffy softness.

Call An Old Friend

Missing the good old days? Maintaining positive relationships is food for the soul, so grab a random moment of free time and call up an old friend or family member that you miss talking to, for no reason other than to catch up. Chat about whatever or whomever, just enjoy their company.

Watch TV

Sometimes a little mindless “guilty pleasure” television can be good for the soul as well. The trick is to watch something you love but rarely or never get a chance to indulge in, and really let yourself enjoy it. Depending on your living situation, this could be a very real & and very rare & treat.

Have A Grown-Up Play Date

Meet up with a friend for something fun and silly like an afternoon movie, miniature golf, a cooking class or just catching up over coffee. Hanging out with someone fun and completely separate from your work and family stresses can be very rejuvenating & and the many other benefits found in fostering a friendship are a happy bonus.

Journal

Write down your feelings, stresses, ideas, dreams & whatever strikes your fancy. It doesn’t have to be a regular thing to feel good or serve a purpose, so don’t worry if it’s only one time or very sporadic. Keep a small notebook with you, and reach for it instead of your mobile phone when feeling bored or fidgety

Indulge In A Hobby

What do you love to do for fun? Make it happen, in miniature form if need be. Don’t have time to spend an afternoon golfing? Hit the driving range for 20 minutes. Love to read? Keep a book in your bag. Interested in something that takes more planning or involves other people? Start the process of planning something (and make it happen).

Go To A Movie …Alone

Of course you could take a date, friend or spouse, but there’s a special kind of “me time” to be found in going to the movies by yourself. You choose the show and where to sit, there’s no sharing snacks, and you get to be the mysterious stranger everyone wonders about (and secretly envies).

Take A Class

Have a spare hour or two once a week? Think of something on your bucket list that you’ve always wanted to learn or do, and take a class. Cooking, ballroom dancing, a new language, basket weaving? (could be fun) & the possibilities are endless. Go alone or find a similarly minded friend and get your learn on.

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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Schedule some time in your day for you, where you can do whatever you want, Share with your friends, family and healthcare professionals about how you are feeling and where they can help,

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