25 Activities You Can Try For Some Genuine “Me Time”
Taking some “me time” means taking some time out for yourself every single day. Try not to look at “me time” as being selfish because it really isn’t. You are taking the time out to help promote your own good health and wellbeing. There are so many amazing benefits to taking a time out just for yourself on a daily basis including:
- It helps you unwind
- It can reboot your brain
- It can help boost productivity and enhance creativity
- It gives you the ability to discover yourself and learn your own personal likes and dislikes
- It increases empathy
- Helps support mental health
- Gives you a greater sense of wellbeing
- Can help with problem-solving
- Allows time for deep thinking
- Can help promote a healthy and positive work-life balance
- Help improve concentration
- It can help enhance relationships
As little as 10 minutes of alone time a day can be beneficial. Although, 20-30 minutes would be optimal. Some people choose to wake up a half an hour before everyone else gets up to start their day off with some genuine “me time.” There are plenty of activities you can try to do for your one-on-one time with yourself. Here 25 of the top “me time” activities:
1. Surround Yourself With Nature
Being out in mother nature is excellent for your overall general health and wellbeing. Try going for a solo walk in a park or even just around the block. Take in some deep breaths as you walk around outside too.
2. Get Your Read On
If you like to read, taking time to yourself every day and just reading is a great way to spend some time alone. It is also great for stress reduction as well. You don’t have to read the whole book in one sitting – unless you want to – you can just read a chapter or two. If you need to, set a timer for anywhere between 10 – 30 minutes and read until the buzzer goes off.
Journaling is very beneficial for mental wellness. You can spend some time every day just writing in a journal about anything and everything that crosses your mind. It is a great and healthy way to get your emotions out. It doesn’t matter if you are having a good day or a bad day, journaling is great for both!
4. Take A Hot Relaxing Bath
Taking a hot bath is an excellent way to spend your “me time,” especially after a long hectic day of caring for the children, working, or even if it was just a stressful day. You can try using some lavender scented bubble bath and just lay back and relax. Please note, if you are pregnant hot baths are not recommended. Make sure the water is no more than lukewarm.
5. Play With A Pet
Pets can be very therapeutic and beneficial for people with mental health conditions. It is a great way to relax, de-stress, and boost your spirits. Don’t have a pet? Consider playing with a friends pet or even pet sitting for a friend. You can also volunteer at an animal shelter.
6. Unplug From Technology
This one is a bit tricky for some people because of the technology based world we live in. Unplugging from electronics and social media for even just 10 minutes a day can help you relax when you aren’t worrying about the outside world’s heavy demands.
7. Get Creative
Take some time out of your day and let those creative juices flow! If you like to write, take 30 minutes out of your day and start writing a short story, a memoir, poetry, pretty much anything you feel like writing. If you like to paint or draw you can try that. You can even take this time out to try something you have never done before like knitting or sewing.
8. Treat Yourself To Lunch
Take some time out and treat yourself to a solo breakfast, lunch, or dinner when possible. Indulge in some decadent desserts. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it is all just for you and about you! Don’t even worry about bringing leftovers home for the family!
9. Take A Brief Snooze
Sometimes all the “me time” we need is to take a short 20-30 minute nap. It can help reboot your brain and prepare you to take on the rest of the day.
10. Soothing Scents
Try some aromatherapy. There are so many different scents to choose from that the hardest part of your day may be deciding which scent you feel like smelling. My personal favorites happen to be eucalyptus and lavender.
11. Watch Some TV
Sometimes the mindless activity of watching a TV show or movie can help us relax and unwind. You can slowly start binge-watching the latest Netflix original series during your daily “me time” sessions.
12. Go To The Movies Alone
Make a date with yourself! Invite yourself out to the movies – Just you and yourself. When it is just you, you don’t have to worry about your partner or kids bugging you. Dress up or dress down to whatever makes you feel comfortable.
13. Have A Grown-Up Playdate
For this next one, you may not exactly be alone but if you are going to have a grown-up playdate, make sure it is with someone who is going to boost your spirits and not bring you down. Go on a date with your bestie and get a massage, go out to lunch, or even go out for a hike!
14. Indulge In A Hobby
Indulging in a hobby can go hand-in-hand with getting creative (#7). Pick something that you love to do, and set aside some time to partake in your favorite activity whether it be reading, writing, hiking, knitting, stamp collecting, or rebuilding an engine. As long as it is something you enjoy doing, go for it!
Good things come with practice and that even goes for meditating. For this, you can start small and then work your way up in time. You can watch videos on YouTube for learning how to meditate. Mediation is excellent for mental health and a general sense of wellbeing and happiness.
16. Strike A Pose
Yoga is great for the mind, body, and soul. You don’t have to be a contortionist to reap the benefits of trying yoga. This is another activity that you can turn to YouTube for if you need some help or guidance in getting started.
I bet you were waiting for this one to pop up on the list. Yes, exercise is a great way to spend your “me time” and it is so great for your general health and wellbeing. 30 minutes of exercise a day is all you really need, according to Mayoclinic.org.
18. Take A Staycation
If you have never heard of a staycation, it is like a vacation but instead, you either stay at home the entire time or rent yourself a very nice hotel room where you can have the whole room to yourself! This is definitely one of the best ways to ensure you get enough “me time.”
19. Sign Up For A Class
Trying something new is always an excellent way to spend your “me time.” You can sign up for a class of your choosing or take private lessons somewhere if it’s within your budget. It is an exceptional way to find out what you like or dislike even further.
20. Watch The Sunrise Or Set
There is just something so stunning about watching the sunrise or sunset somewhere beautiful like a park. Go somewhere that you can be alone so that you can either watch the birth of a new day, or the passing of another night.
21. Listen To Some Happy Music
Music is good for the soul. So, if you are ever looking for a good way to spend some one-on-one time with yourself, try putting on some upbeat music. If you want to take it a step further, you can dance to the beats as well!
22. Splurge On A Day Trip
Take some “me time” and make a day of it. Go on a day trip somewhere. If you leave within a few hours of a beach, no matter the time of the year, take a ride out to a sandy shore someplace that you find relaxing and peaceful. You won’t regret it!
23. Blog Or Start A Blog
This one actually happens to be my favorite way to spend some one-on-one time with myself; blogging. It is great for your mental health and well being the same way journaling is. If you don’t have a blog, you can CLICK HERE to be taken to WordPress to sign up and start your own blog!
24. Get A Massage
Massages can be so relaxing, and it makes for the perfect way to unwind. You can either go to a massage parlor, recruit someone to give you a massage, or buy a personal massager.
25. Adult Coloring
Coloring isn’t only for children. Adults of all ages can partake in this classic childhood past time activity. They sell coloring books with all kinds of intricate details that you can enjoy coloring all day.
Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com.