It’s All About Me and Getting More Time for Myself

It sounds selfish, doesn’t it? But honestly, it’s about time that I started putting myself first. I’m a mum of three, a wife and a pet owner who works from home so having any time to myself is a rarity.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was working all day and late into the night too and although I didn’t see it at the time it was having a huge impact on my life. I decided in January that I needed to make some changes and ensure that I had more time for myself and the things that I like to do. We are now 9 months on and although I have expanded my work significantly, I can say that I have successfully made more time for myself and I’m loving it.

I love to read and found that making time to read before meant that I was staying up later and later to try and wind down and read my book. Now I am in bed between 9 and 10pm and read for an hour or two. I find it helps relax me and ready for sleeping earlier on a night.

A Kindle showing a Bridgerton book on the cover

I’ve mentioned before that we love to play computer games and we are not alone as gaming is one of the most popular hobbies for both children and adults. I admit that I am a Call of Duty fan (you can thank the husband for that one) and we often spend our evenings playing together.

When I used to sit at my computer for work, I would be sat for long periods of time working without a break. Now I try to take breaks at least once an hour, sometimes they’re short breaks other times they are 15 minutes or longer depending on what I am doing. I get up and make a cup of tea, a trip to the toilet or do something around the house – put the washing on, hang the washing on the line, give the kitchen or bathroom a quick clean.

If I am eating my lunch at my desk I often sit and play a game either on my phone – Candy Crush Saga is still a firm favourite, on my iPad if I want to play Simpsons Tapped Out or Township (I’ve been playing too long to give it up) or a game on my computer. I love playing Solitaire as it’s a game that is easy to play and can be played and finished quite quickly. Another game I like to play is Mahjong. This takes me a little longer to play so I don’t play it if I’m only having a quick break.

A screen shot of a game of solitaire played on the PC

Baking is my favourite hobby and I do not get enough time to do this – I don’t have enough ovens either. When I win the lottery I’m buying a house that has multiple ovens. I’m not the best baker in the world but the kids love my creations and I’m always happy to give a recipe a try. The Cherry Jammy Dodgers I made a few weeks ago were a great hit with everyone. This year I plan to make my own Christmas cake (I’ve never tried it before) and hoping that my mother in laws recipe will taste just as good as her cakes taste when I try it.

What do you do to ensure you get some needed me-time?

*This is a collaborative post*

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