5 Ways To Jumpstart Your Me Time

If you are anything like me, the pressure of making the most of your days (and weeks and months and years and life) can cause you to dwell on your to-do list, commitments, responsibilities and forget to really enjoy your time. You may feel stressed, burnt out or even just bored trying to keep up with all of the demands of life. Sounding familiar?

For everyone, the best way to deal with the stress of life or the boredom of life is different. Finding what helps you feel connected to yourself and your life is a personal journey and shouldn’t also be one of the pressures of life. For me, personally, I find that taking some time to myself, to do the things I enjoy, helps me feel more centered and relaxed during my day–to–day.

Here are 5 things you can do by yourself, to help you reduce your stress and increase your enjoyment.

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Take an online class

Is there something you have always wanted to learn, but never seem to find the time? Does everything else seem more important? Well, what if you reframe your mindset and acknowledge that things you are passionate about are equally (if not more!) important (health and well–being, ahem) than the things you have to do? A new skill adds value to your life, provides you with a passion hobby and depending on the skill, might help you cope with different aspects of your life in new ways.


One of my favorite things to do is take a book to the park and sit in the sunshine and read. My day job, as a graphic designer, requires me to stare at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, indoors, so getting fresh air and allowing my eyes to read something with less strain really is a treat for me. Reading is a great way to distract yourself from real–life problems and it can be a stress–reliever for many.

Start a new outdoor hobby

In a 2012 study, it was shown that after only 4 days of immersion in nature, cognitive functions related to creativity and critical thinking increased by 50%. 50%! If that isn’t a great excuse to put down the technology that is stressing you, I don’t know what is. A great way to get outdoors more is through an outdoor hobby. Having something you enjoy, that you can look forward to, can help you stay relaxed through difficult deadlines and meetings.

Go to the farmers market and cook what you buy

Eating healthy is an excellent way to keep your mind healthy as well. One way to do this is by shopping at your local farmers market! Local, fresh and seasonal food options might leave you feeling inspired to get in the kitchen. As you walk around, think about different recipes you could make and the ingredients you could switch out for the healthier ones around you.

Relax like a beauty blogger

Indulging in self–care doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Take your cue from beauty bloggers and relax by pampering yourself with a luxurious weeknight routine. Take a bath, do your nails, light your favorite candle, put on your favorite music and of course, be sure to finish it up (or start with!) a relaxing face mask.

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    August 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Great ideas, simple and easy to implement! A good reminder to spend a little time on me 🙂

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    August 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    LOVE these ideas! I have found I am the best me, when I make time for me 🙂

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    Leandra Brown
    August 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Love this post! Such great tips! I definitely want to try that purifying sheet mask!

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    August 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Great stuff and all so impactful yet easy to do

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    August 17, 2017 at 10:49 am

    My favourite to do when I make time for myself is 100% running a bath and popping in a bath bomb!

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    Laura Beth Brown
    August 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Just what I needed to read. I love this post!!

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    August 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Great post! I usually pamper myself when I feel stressed and I do that buy doing face mask!

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    August 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    This is a great list Courtney, I love to read on the beach and get lost in the sound of the waves and a good story!

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    Ken Hanaya
    August 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Nice tips. I do woodworking “DIY” stuff to get my mind off things. This way nobody can bother me. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Great post! Lighting a lavender candle is ALWAYS my go to!

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    August 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Nice post Courtney! So know what you mean when you say we can easily dwell on making the most out of every day/month/year and our lives haha. Especially like the go to the farmer’s market and cook what you buy tip!

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    tachira wiltshire
    August 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Great ideas. I love to arrange a mini at home spa day. I find myself falling asleep when I start to read lately. Lavendar is a calming life saver for me

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    Sophia Inza
    August 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I love reading! I need to make more time for that 🙂

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    August 18, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I love the tips ! And thanks for the reminder I needed today. I will check out the links

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    Charnel Graham
    August 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Great post! I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award click my name for details on my blog

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    August 18, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Thank you for all the beautiful inspiration!

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    August 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    These are some really good suggestions.

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    Sarah | A Simple and Contented Life
    February 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

    My favourite way to relax and unwind is to light a few candles, stick on my PJs and curl up on the sofa with a good book! I love the idea of buying from the farmer’s market and cooking what you buy. I have a good one not far from me…I shall have to give it a go!

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    November 8, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Latley I have been makinga little time for self care and it really does make a diffrence in how I feel!

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    Sharon | The Helpful GF
    November 8, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    YES! I need to make me-time a priority. Some great ideas of how to rest well instead of just wasting time!

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    November 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I´m with the “relax like a beauty blogger” section. I love to have a hot bath, lit a candle, moisturize my body with an awesome lotion and so on. A long walk outdoors (ideally at a beach or in a forest) is also great

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