Taking Time for You

I have another journal prompt that I want to share. The prompt reads as such: What do you do when you get time alone? This one was a tough one for me because my one weakness is giving too much of myself to everyone. But I am going to try to answer this prompt. Here we go.

One thing that I do when I want time to myself is to put my phone on Do Not Disturb (DND). Yes, I turn it on real quick! DND helps me turn the outside world off. DND is not a nasty way to tell people to leave you alone; it merely is to recharge yourself from the day. DND is a saving grace when you want to be alone and disconnect. Like my Mama always say, you cannot be good for anyone if you are not good to yourself.

Another thing that I do when I get alone time is to sit and write at Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. Being out of the house helps me to get away from the familiar. When you sit in your home, it is so easy to watch TV or start cleaning up things that are not messy. You cannot be fully productive when it is so easy to lay down and take a nap. Being out of the house makes you channel your thoughts and creativity. Just step outside of your home and watch how much work you will get done. 

The last thing that I do with time alone is to listen to music. Music has a way of calming me down from a stressful day. I put on my earphones, and I zone out. Music takes your mind on a journey. You can reflect on past relationships, on the good times that you had with your friend, or just pretend that you are at a concert. Take the time to incorporate music into your Me Time.

We feel that taking time for ourselves and being selfish, but it is not. We need time for ourselves so that we can unwind from our day or our week. Do not allow people to make you feel bad because you want time alone. Again, you cannot be your best self if you are unable to charge your batteries. Even if you take an hour out of your day to spend time alone, do it. It’s worth it.

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