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Why You Should Make "Me Time" Your New Year's Resolution


The phrase "Treat yo self" comes from a popular TV show called "Parks and Recreation". Essentially, it means to do things for you. This could be anything from getting a manicure, buying leather goods, or eating really fancy food. In the show, this attitude is attributed to one day a year, but treating yourself everyday might be the best New Year's Resolution you could make.

Of course treating yourself everyday doesn't have to be as extravagant as the show portrays, but doing small things for yourself can improve your life and others can reap the benefits.

Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity

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Having "me time" can give you benefits such as a reduction in stress and an increase in your productivity. If you don't prioritize time for yourself, then you're likely to feel more exhausted which can lead to an increase in stress and eventually burn you out.

Having lists of tasks is a fine way to stay accountable in your productivity, but if its causing you to work from morning to night every day, it is not healthy. Taking regular breaks is imperative to productivity and focus. Removing yourself and spending time alone gives you the chance to prioritize and treat yourself to a better day.

Lead to Self Discovery


Who are you? What is important to you? What are your goals? When was the last time you asked yourself these questions? With the busyness of your everyday life, you can get lost in your work. Taking time to stop and evaluate your actions and goals can help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

Having "me time" will also give you time to reflect. You can find out things about yourself that you may not have known. You can consider your reactions in different situations and make sense of why you do things the way you do them. This will prepare you for dealing with the same type of situation in the future. You can discover yourself. Once you discover yourself, you can be comfortable and confident with who you are.

Improve Your Relationships

By setting aside some "me time", you can inherently improve your relationships with others. Having time to reenergize will make you feel healthier and happier, therefore, you can fully love and support people important to you.

Taking "me time" will also improve your relationship with yourself. By taking time just for you, you are respecting yourself and making yourself a priority.

OUtside "me Time" = Happiness

hikers on top of mountain with viewIf you choose, you can spend your "me time" outside. By spending time in nature, you become happier. The outdoors is very versatile and there are numerous kinds of activities you can do that are for all fitness levels and ages. Activities could include swimming, walking your dog, biking, running, fishing, literally anything that gets you in the sun. Having "me time" to spend on these activities will boost your mood and you will feel happier.

When you feel happier you will act nicer. The more time you spend outside, the more you'll realize the world doesn't revolve around you. Having this new view on the world will help you empathize and relate with others.

Overall, setting aside some time to treat yourself with "me time" is a great New Year's Resolution. You can reap the benefits of a less stressed and more relaxed life while learning about yourself and improving your relationships. Don't worry if you can't set aside a lot of "me time" for yourself because quality is more important than quantity.

If you are looking for more ideas on what to do with your "me time" check out these 35 ideas.

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