The Importance Of ‘Me Time’

me time

Earlier this month, Matt spent two weeks away in London on a course which basically meant I was on my own for two weeks. Normally, I’d be quite freaked out at this prospect as for the last few years I’ve hated spending lots of time on my own, but during those 14 days I actually almost enjoyed spending some quality time with me, myself and I.

When Matt got home I was obviously absolutely delighted to have him back but it made me realise that I shouldn’t be afraid to spend some time by myself every now and then.

‘Me time’

I spent those weeks really taking care of myself; indulging in hot, luxurious baths, watching ALL the Gossip Girl and getting lots of early nights. When Matt returned home from London, I felt more refreshed and invigorated than ever and I think that’s because I spent time only focusing on me. I realised that it’s actually more than ok to be selfish sometimes and to focus entirely on yourself and mental wellbeing.

me time

“I’m too busy”

We’re always so busy nowadays, with endless meetings, emails and schedules, as well as making sure we keep our social status in tact. I think it’s often hard to take a step back and truly focus on just you. While I spent literally every single day of those two weeks writing blog posts and working hard on various projects, I found that I actually enjoyed doing it because I’m so happy creating content when I’m doing it for me. Sometimes it’s ok to just step back and turn off the ‘busy’.

Writing is, and always has been, a form of ‘therapy’ to me; I get such pleasure from it but it also helps to keep me sane. So instead of wallowing and waiting for Matt to return home, I channelled all my energy into working on various projects and I found myself being so creative. I’m so unbelievably happy at the moment and I’m so glad that I spent those two weeks really reminiscing about everything good that’s been happening.

I feel so incredibly grateful for every opportunity that I’m receiving and allowing myself a bit of ‘me time’ to properly reflect on everything has just cemented my gratitude even more. It was so lovely to see more of my family too and spend some quality time with them, especially my younger brothers and sister.

‘Me time’ doesn’t have to involve anything too extravagant; a simple relaxing bath with your favourite candle and a calming playlist can often be just what you need when things get a little too much. A bath is potentially one of the best ways to spend time with yourself as you can just lock yourself away for an hour and enjoy soaking in all that scented bubbliness.

I’m definitely going to try and incorporate more ‘me time’ into my schedule, whether Matt’s home or not (although I’m sure he’d love the chance to indulge in a face mask or two with me…).

What are your favourite ways to indulge in some ‘me time’? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

40 Comments

  1. 24th September 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I love taking time just to concentrate on myself, do a face mask and binge watch something…maybe even treat myself to too much takeaway.

    Alicia x
    http://www.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Haha I love this! Definitely all the takeaway! X

  2. 25th September 2017 / 9:19 am

    Oh love, this post really has made me smile. I’m so happy that you’ve been able to realise just how far you’ve come and I seriously can’t wait to see how you develop as person (and your blog).
    Having a little bit of ‘me’ time really does help give you a little break from everything. Yes, to baths, especially with a bath bomb or two.
    Em
    Emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com xxx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 9:20 pm

      You are too cute! Your comments make me smile so much! And absolutely yes to baths! Xx

  3. 25th September 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Ahhh I love this! It’s so important I think to have time to yourself. Now I have a baby I definitely appreciate “me time” so much more! I try and find time to have a bath once a week or so once Dougie is in bed (although he has a knack of waking up just as I get in!) And if Sam is out in the evenings, once Dougie is asleep I like to just do something for me, whether it’s painting my nails, blogging or watching something that *I* want to watch!
    Hels xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Haha I bet it’s much harder to find some alone time Hels! You absolutely deserve it though xx

  4. 25th September 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Me time is soooo important and without it I think I would go a bit loopy haha. I’ve made sure to incorporate it and it makes me appreciate time with the boys more knowing I have me time pencilled in! Xxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 8:16 am

      I 100% agree Luce! Xxx

  5. 25th September 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I try and make room for ‘me time’ most Sundays! I think we all need a day to just detach ourselves from the world and just take care of ourselves x

    G

    http://www.teawithgi.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 8:16 am

      I definitely agree, G! X

  6. 25th September 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Aw thats so sweet that you wrote a post on this. I think it is going to be helpful for a lot of people. I hope you actually enjoyed having me time!

    Sophia xo

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 8:15 am

      Thank you so much Sophia! X

  7. abbeylouisarose
    26th September 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Aw, I’m so glad that you surprised yourself by enjoying your me-time so much! I really relish the time that I spend alone, it’s the time I use to re-charge from the social interactions of the day and unwind! Channeling energy that you may have spent wallowing into being creative is such a good thing to do, and super rewarding too! You go girl!

    Abbey 😇 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      26th September 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Ah thanks so much gal! It turned out to be a super productive couple of weeks! X

  8. 26th September 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I love taking time out of being busy and pampering myself. I have been so hectic the past few months, as it sounds like you have too, that taking time for yourself is completely necessary. This post is great and I hope you’ve inspired others to treat themselves to well deserved ‘me’ time too x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      27th September 2017 / 7:22 am

      Ah thank you Siobhan! It’s definitely important to take time for yourself x

  9. 27th September 2017 / 12:09 am

    Me time is great, I like such sitting in bed watching tv blogging away!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      27th September 2017 / 7:22 am

      That sounds perfect!

  10. Sarah
    27th September 2017 / 6:48 am

    I try to make sure I get a couple of hours me time a week xx

  11. 28th September 2017 / 8:47 am

    I agree with having time to yourself, I really enjoy doing simple things like having baths, reading and watching my favourite shows when I have an evening to myself!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      29th September 2017 / 12:52 pm

      These are perfect ways to have some time for yourself! X

  12. 28th September 2017 / 10:40 am

    ‘Me’ time is so important! And with the busy-ness of our lives we often forget to take out that personal time. I love going for walks and having a coffee date with myself every once in a while.
    Aditi

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      28th September 2017 / 10:53 am

      I completely agree! X

  13. Natasha
    28th September 2017 / 2:12 pm

    I love this post! I live a good bit of ‘me time’! My ways are my blog, catching up on YouTube and blogs and having a good ol’ Lush bath

    Tasha x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      29th September 2017 / 12:51 pm

      They sound like fab ways to have some me time! X

  14. 29th September 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Ahh I like this post. Me time is so important, especially in a relationship x

  15. 30th September 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Ahh it can be so hard finding some ‘me time’ but it’s worth fitting in your routine, even if it’s just ten minutes of something you like to do. I like to read, have a face mask on, a bubble bath is lovely too.

    http://www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      2nd October 2017 / 7:32 am

      I completely agree lovely! X

  16. 30th September 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Me time is so important! My bath is broke atm, and I didn’t realise how much I would miss having long bubble baths… Need to get the plumber in pronto!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      2nd October 2017 / 7:30 am

      Haha you definitely do! X

  17. Olivia Mulhearn
    30th September 2017 / 6:17 pm

    im really struggling to enjoy time to myself so this post was just what i needed!!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      2nd October 2017 / 7:30 am

      Hope it helped lovely x

  18. 2nd October 2017 / 11:03 am

    Me time is sooo importantly! I really want to watch GG again now, and a scented bath is a must!!

    Thanks for sharing! xox

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      2nd October 2017 / 9:09 pm

      I totally agree Emma! X

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      3rd October 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

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