Taking Time for Yourself

Taking Time for Yourself

As summer approaches, it is important to remember to always put aside time for yourself. Though most people don’t like being alone, it is actually very good for your mental health. Taking time for yourself is one of the most important things you can do, especially during the long months of summer.

The Importance of Taking Time for Yourself - Lindsey Elmore

If you are the type of person who is a social butterfly and always has to have someone by you, you should definitely consider trying to be more alone. I’m not saying that you have to give up hanging out with your friends completely, just set aside time that you will spend by yourself for at least 30 minutes a day. There are many benefits to this. For example, when I was younger I absolutely hated being alone, so I hung out with people as much as I could. What this did was leave me so drained and tired by the end of the day and just left me numb because I never took any time for myself to just slow down and take a breath.

Now that I am older, I have learned to take time for myself. The reason that I used to dislike being alone was that I was always bored by myself, but that was just because I had no hobbies. When learning how to take time for yourself, you need to find things that you enjoy doing. If you don’t have any hobbies when you are by yourself, you are going to think it is boring, so you won’t want to give it a try. Now that I have more hobbies and things I enjoy doing, I have grown to love being by myself.

The last thing you should do to ensure you take more time for yourself is to set boundaries. What this means is keep to your schedule and don’t let people try to make you feel bad about not hanging out with them all of the time. Also, it is more than okay to say no to people if you don’t want to hang out with them. Make sure to set boundaries with friends and family so they know that you need to take time for yourself.