Do you ever feel like you are living in a circus and you are the ringmaster? Each day you orchestrate a new performance, usually with the same cast of characters, AKA, your family, coworkers, and friends. You hear people talk about “me time” and inside you are thinking “yeah, right!” Although this theoretic “me time” sounds really great, you have no idea how to claim it.
Here is what I have learned…..”me time” is a MUST! Not only will your family benefit from you laying down your ringleader whip, but your health will also benefit. When you take the time to quiet your mind, you can begin to hear Christ speak to you. Conversations will develop with Him and you will feel a peace in your heart.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
So What Counts as Quality Time?
What is quality time with yourself? This is different for everyone, but I think there is one common thread, regardless of the activity you choose. Whatever you choose as your quality time activity MUST create calmness and peace within. Sorry friends, but scrolling through social media, watching reality TV, and reading Vogue does not count. These activities certainly allow us to checkout in life, but they do not contribute to creating our authentic selves. Here are some activities to consider for your quality time:
- Studying the bible
- Sitting in absolute quiet in a place that makes you happy. For me, this is outside on my back deck sipping coffee or tea.
- Studying personal development. I love Brene Brown and Tony Robbins.
So now that we’ve established quality time with yourself is going to be a priority, you are probably wondering how you are going to create this newfound time. Take a look at EVERY activity you are choosing to engage in throughout your day. Do you find yourself scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterst? If you are like the majority of us, you are saying “well of course I do this”. Now ask yourself how much time. I’m betting that if you add up your social media and TV time, you have an easy 15 minutes you can substitute for quality “me time”.
Me Time and Your Weight
Still not convinced quality time with yourself will drastically change your life? What if I told you it would help support weight lose? Got ya, right? Here’s the thing….when we are stressed our cortisol levels (a steroid hormone) rise and elevated cortisol levels lead to increased weight. And it’s the WORSE kind of weight gain…VISCERAL FAT! This is the deep fat under the abdominal muscles that is linked to many diseases such as heart disease. Another connection between cortisol and your weight is its effect on appetite and cravings for high calorie foods. Do you find yourself craving sweets often? Chances are your cortisol levels are elevated.
Make the decision today to schedule quality “me time” into your day. As you develop this habit, you will become calmer, happier, and healthier!!