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Episode 17: How to Find “Me Time” During The Pandemic

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Hi, this is Fitness Radio Episode 17, and you are back with Priya Dogra. So today I am going to talk about how to make time for yourself in the noisy homes we are living in, during this lockdown. There is really no ‘me time’ for mommies and people like you and me. Even for daddies. So what do we do? We either go insane and become robots, where we are doing one task after the other, where we keep balancing our role between online classes, household work, office work, or taking care of all the family members, and we forget about ourselves and importance of me time.

Firstly, ‘me time’ is not supposed to make you feel guilty. Believe me, when you will schedule a slot for yourself, which is called me time actually, your productivity increases, your relationships get better and it also reboots your brain. If you feel you are snapping at everybody, losing patience or you are not feeling like your old self then it’s high time for you to think to spend some time with yourself. So what you need to do for that? Firstly, you need to schedule the ‘me time’. I am not somebody who can do random things; I do that when I am in a break or when I know I have the leisure of free time. But otherwise, in these times I like to schedule things.

What do you do in that ‘me time’? Firstly, you switch off all your gadgets like your phone, your desktop, or laptop. Sit in the most favorite corner of your house and just stretch your legs, and just shut out the world.  Forget about what you are going to cook in dinner, what you are going to pack for a breakfast tomorrow, what you are going to wash in the machine tomorrow, just forget about everything without feeling any guilt. This is your time to focus on yourself. If you are really tired, you can take a nap, relax and just rejuvenate your energy.

Believe me, these power naps, which are in a jiffy really feel good. Also, remember when we used to pen down poetry, sketch, or draw things just to express ourselves. Probably this ‘me time’ is the right time to recall your old hobbies and create something out of the box. Those were the things that gave you actual satisfaction or pleasure, which no amount of any other thing or activity can do.

Give time to your forgotten hobbies. Do some painting, gardening, or just take out some old albums to revisit old memories. There is so much you can do.

If you think expressing yourself makes you feel better, then why don’t you write a journal? Pen down your few thoughts on your favorite diary, or on your phone. Pen down how was your day, and you will feel much better.

If you want to pamper yourself, download your favorite movie and watch that. One more thing you can do relax your soul is to stop having those jiffy showers. A shower is supposed to be a relaxation time. Pamper your body, buy some fancy shampoo and shops and just relax your mind and body. Breathe in and just relax, because that’s the best time when nobody will bother you.

If you like to eat, take some time to give yourself a treat by cooking your favorite dessert or a cup of coffee. Just make a batch of ice-cream you have been waiting to have and share it with the family. These small treats will rejuvenate you and will give you a boost of energy.

It’s all about feeling good inside. No matter how many good clothes we wear, if we don’t feel good from inside then everything feels futile. And you have to love yourself. Focus on feeling good.

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