When was the last time you had some time to yourself? I mean some real, honest-to-goodness, alone time? With work, roommates, love interests, and friends, it can be hard to carve out even 15 minutes for yourself, but it’s important that you do.
You know the feeling of watching your favorite show or listening to your favorite album only to be interrupted by your front door opening, an important phone call coming through, or [insert alone-time-destroying event here]? All you want to do is sit down and enjoy yourself but your time is instead co-opted by someone else and you no longer have the chance to recharge. It’s irritating and frustrating.
Well, instead of waiting for the opportunity to be alone for a few minutes, why not be proactive and steal some time away for yourself throughout the day?
You’re not going to like hearing this, but the easiest way to snag some “u-time” is to wake up a little earlier than usual. I know, it cuts into your precious sleep time but waking up to a quiet home is one of life’s most underrated pleasures. Put your headphones in (you don’t want to disturb the roomies) and listen to your favorite radio show. Better yet, put on the band your roommates don’t like and dance around like a maniac while cooking breakfast. It’s weird to wake up before the sun rises but those 15, 30, 45 minutes of alone time in a quiet house will really do wonders for your morning.
For most, work eats up every possible second and the only available breaks are to use the restroom and eat lunch. If this sounds familiar, find a bench to sit on for five minutes when you go to grab your food stuff. Read your favorite website, or listen to your favorite song. Just sit and enjoy yourself while ignoring the stresses and anxieties of work. When you get back to the office you’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
If grabbing lunch isn’t your thing, put a phantom meeting on your calendar for the afternoon and find a quiet space where you can do you. The meeting will ensure no one bothers you and the time will be yours to spend.
The end of the work day is probably when you need some alone time the most but unless you live alone it’s often the hardest time to accommodate that need. Either your roommates come home from work and your time is shared for the evening, or you have plans after work and, well, your time is shared for the evening.
It might be hard to carve out alone time in your home, but what if you appropriated your commute for that very thing? Get off a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way home, or park your car, walk to the store, pick up some groceries, come back home, put on some music, and cook yourself a delicious dinner.
Our days are long and full but there are ample opportunities to snag a couple of moments to ourselves. So go ahead and take a moment—take 30—and spend some quality time with yourself. Put your headphones on. Lock yourself in your room. Keep your head down. Do what you have to do to get in touch with your needs and your desires and thank me later.
Until next time – do you, baby.