The Importance of Getting Your ‘Me’ Time

The Importance of Getting Your ‘Me’ TimeMe time is a modern name for an age-old concept. It’s about sitting down and doing whatever you want. The weekend doesn’t necessarily count.

You should aim to give yourself some time to do whatever you want each day. You’re the most important person in the world and there’s no reason why anyone should stand in the way of that.

How Much Me Time?

Aim to get as much time as you can. There are only two rules to me time:

  1. Get it seven days a week.
  2. Try to get yourself at least ten minutes to do whatever you want.

Don’t beat yourself about the head if you miss a day. We all have hectic periods in our lives where we have to work hard and ignore our personal whims for a day or two.

What Should You Do?

Do absolutely anything you want. It can be something as mundane as watching your favourite TV show or something spontaneous like hiking into the hills behind your house. As long as you can disconnect from your current life from a few moments, you’ll really feel the benefits of this time to yourself.


Meditation is so powerful because we clear our heads and remove ourselves from the world for a while. This has the exact same effects. You shouldn’t take your phone or any music. It should be just you and the world. It gives your body time to relax because you aren’t thinking about anything.

It doesn’t always repair you physically, but the mental benefits can make you feel refreshed and ready to go again.

A Point

Work all day sleep all night. This is the sort of lifestyle which kills people. They begin to feel there’s no point to life other than work. A life where you’re a slave to your work and your boss is no life to live. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem because you feel like you’re worthless.

By taking some me time you’re breaking the cycle. You’re showing the world you’re an independent human being. You’re the most important person in the world. Even a token ten minutes can mean the difference between happiness and unhappiness.

I Can’t Get Time Off

The biggest barrier to me time is you. You’re the person who decides you can’t get time off. If you absolutely can’t find a few minutes which are yours you need to make some big changes. Turn up five minutes late to work. Your boss can yell at you, but he’s not going to fire you over it. The worst thing that can happen is he goes bright red from screaming.

Ask yourself, who cares what he thinks? Life wasn’t made for you to act like a slave. You’re more important than any job and any other commitment. Carve out some time for yourself, even if it means disappointing people once in a while. If they can’t understand your need to relax, that’s their problem not yours.

Go on, love yourself a little – it’s ok!

Geoff McCabe
He is an eco minded entrepreneur and surf loving organic farmer. He operates several eco friendly projects and the Anamaya Yoga Retreat from his home in Costa Rica.
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