Mindful Living: Making Space for ‘Me Time’

Mindful Living: Making Space for ‘Me Time’

I’m so delighted to share some words of inspiration from the lovely Tanya with Prescribe Nutrition again. Prescribe Nutrition is one of our Healthy Her collaborators that specializes in individualized wellness. Tanya is passionate about supporting people in living their ideal lives by helping them realize their worth and potential. Women’s wellness is what we’re all about here at The Her Initiative, for women both here and there. As we head out from a hectic few weeks in the office onto a trip visiting some of our field projects in the DR and Haiti, we are inspired by her reminder to start every morning slow and refreshed, no matter the plans for the day ahead. Because of my on-the-go frame of mind recently, I absolutely plan to put some of these habits into practice in my daily routine. Read Tanya’s words below:

It seems like every year my goal is to slow down, enjoy the little moments, and live intentionally. Of course now it’s already the end of March and I’m wondering where the first three months of the year went. So how do we slow down enough to actually live in the moment and truly enjoy it? It’s hard. I’ll be the first to admit that, but a simple routine has helped my focus on the ‘now’ and make the most of my days. Simple but doable – how I roll.

Start your morning with 1 hour of no technology. Zip. Zilch. For real. Start with an hour of tech-free living a couple of times a week and build from there! In order to be successful, I find it helpful to make a list of things to do without technology. Sounds kind of pathetic now that I’m writing it out – so sad how dependent we are on technology. Some of my favorite ideas so far:

  • Journal
  • Read
  • Color
  • Paint
  • Walk
  • Cook
  • Eat
  • Give my full attention to a friend, family member, or pet.

When I wake up in the morning, I don’t roll over and pick up my phone. If I really find it necessary to know the time, I walk out to the kitchen. Usually the night before, I decide what I want my ‘me time’ to consist of – I choose 1-3 things from my list above to fill my hour. Everything I do I try to be present. Eating? Just eat. Journaling? Just journal. Walking? Pay attention to the wind, the sun, the sounds. It’s an active practice of mindfulness.

It was hard when I started, I won’t sugar coat that. The first few times, I was counting down the minutes until my hour was done. Now? An hour easily passes by and I go overtime. Some weeks I am not able to set aside two days but I do what I can.

I definitely feel like I’m my best self when I take this quick hour to ‘fill up’ in the morning.

When I jump right into tech at the beginning of the day, I’m dialed in alllll day. The buzzing is real. But, when I set aside this ‘me time’ (as I like to call it) I feel more grounded and balanced. This time centers me on the bigger picture so that I don’t get weighed down on the little day to day stressors. Taking a quick hour to ‘fill up’ in the morning helps me put my best self forward. I am more present in my relationships and am able to hold that precious work/life balance.

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