Of course, there are lots of ways to take time out for yourself. This could be anything from a yoga class to a walk with the dog. I recently got into meditation – something I’d always thought wasn’t for me. Now I try and meditate around three times a week, using guided meditations from the Keep It Cleaner app. It’s definitely helped me slow down and stay focused. If I’m not sleeping well, meditation is also a great way to unwind before bed and calm my racing mind down!
My days are pretty mixed. I don’t have too much of a routine. I find that if I get really fixated on a particular routine, it becomes difficult to maintain when I travel for work, or something comes up. It helps, then, to make personal time out as flexible as possible ¬– activities that can be done anywhere, anytime. Controlled breathing, for example, is a great little break that you can do at your desk, on the bus, in bed.
I try to be flexible in my approach to ‘me time’. If you put too much pressure on yourself to find that time where you’re not working or studying, it can actually become a source of stress itself. Try your best to prioritise time for yourself, but don’t beat yourself up if life gets in the way.