Repeat after me: Self care isn’t selfish. Got it? Good. No matter who you are and what you aspire to be, life gets busy and scheduling in some “me” time is much-needed. We listed just a few reasons why.
1. You’ll learn more about yourself.
What is it that makes you…you? While we’re sure you’ve got a pretty firm grasp on the degree you’re studying for and what you enjoy doing on weekends with your friends, there’s a part of you deep down inside that’s still waiting to come out. Take some time for yourself, discover the things that you enjoy, and see how much more you start learning about yourself!
2. It allows you to de-stress and recuperate.
You just finished three midterms that you’ve spent countless days studying for, you attended five different club meetings this week alone, you’ve worked a few shifts at your on-campus job, and each night you went out with your friends and made some pretty sick college memories. You’re a busy person! But while we respect the hustle, we also know that hunkering down and getting some R&R is a big part of the recipe for success. Give yourself what you need and avoid that awful burnout.
3. You’ll become more independent.
Do you ever find yourself looking to your BFFs for some input — or even just a nod of approval — before making a decision? That’s totally cool sometimes, but finding your own voice is so important. When you make an effort to have more alone time, you’ll get more comfortable in your skin and realize that it’s you who truly knows what you want and need.
4. It forces you to slow down.
You always hear people saying to stop and smell the roses, but do you ever heed that advice? Of course, we don’t literally mean you should stop by your local florist and take a whiff of their arrangements — rather, you should enjoy the little things. Taking time for yourself forces you to slow down, which means you’ll start noticing the simple perks in your everyday life that bring you joy and happiness.
5. It can improve your relationships.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Okay, okay…we’ll stop with the cliché sayings. But, your relationships can improve if you take some “me” time. You’ll be less likely to bring any unwanted stress into your interactions with your friends (or be affected by any stress that they bring forward), and spending time alone may even help you appreciate the time you do have with your friends more.
What do you enjoy doing during your “me” time? Share your thoughts in the comments below!