8 Reasons You Should Invest In Some Me Time via @carinkilbyclark

8 Reasons You Should Invest In Some “Me Time”

Editor’s Note: I’m always advocating for the importance of self-care. So I’m happy to bring you this post from Tara Jefferson of The Young Mommy Life sharing about her upcoming self-care retreat – with eight great reasons why you need to take a break and catch up on your “me time.” Check it out!

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Block off September 18-20 in your calendars and gas up for the car to meet me in Alexandria, Virginia for a weekend of relaxation, empowerment and sisterhood! (Get details on the retreat HERE.) For some of you, there might be some hesitation on your part:

“Can I really afford to go?”

“I’ve never been away from my kids for a whole weekend before.”

“I never take time for myself like this.”

Believe meóI hear you loud and clear. But when I thought about creating an event like this, I thought about what I hear most often from women who reach out to me:

“I feel like I’m either working or taking care of the kids. What’s ‘me-time’?”

“I haven’t had a vacation….ever.”

“I’m so tired of being tired. When am I going to get a break?”

Out of these concerns, the YML Self-Care Retreat was born. I wanted to give women a chance to put themselves first. To invest in themselves, to get some space to just be a woman without all the other titles.

Here are eight reasons you should invest in some ME time:

1) You need a break from your family.

I know you love them. They make you light up and give your days purpose. But you need a break. For your sake and for theirs. Take one weekend away from the family to recharge your batteries. Being “on” 24/7 has the tendency to drain even the most devoted women. We’re so busy tending to them that we don’t have enough space to say, “Okay, here is how my life is going and here is where I’d like to see some changes and here is how I’m going to achieve it.” That’s what you’ll get at the retreat.

2) You need a chance to see new sights.

If you’re tired of seeing the same five places every week (kids’ school, home, grocery store, gas station, etc.), you need to be in the room when we kick off the retreat on September 18. There will be wine. Nuff said. Alexandria is a beautiful city, close to our nation’s capital, and the scenery gives me that simultaneous big city/small town luxury feel.

3) You need a chance to sleep by yourself.

Y’all see this room? It’s all for you. PLUS, the guest room block for this retreat have whirlpool tubs. Get in and soak away your stress.

4) You need to eat some delicious food that someone else cooked.

Don’t tell me you want to pass up a chance to have breakfast, lunch AND dinner prepared by someone else, just the way you like it.

5) You need to get inspired.

If you’re anything like me, it’s been way too long since you’ve taken the time to get in touch with yourself. I’ve got a quite a few inspiring speakers lined up and they know your life because they have been in your shoes, they have walked the path you’ve walked and they’re here to share how much joy they know you can have!

6) You need to look toward the future.

We will be offering FREE 30-minute life coaching sessions to each of the attendees so you can feel good about where your life is headed once you leave. Come, unwind, get clarity and return to your normal life feeling like a rockstar.

7) You need to meet women who get you.

You are not the only one who needs a break. So many of us are strong and tough, but even the best piece of technology needs to power down from time to time, lest you wear the battery out. Join the sisterhood that supports you and lets you know it is okay to do what you need to do to feel emotionally healthy and balanced.

8) You need to make a strong declaration that you will focus on your self-care. Choose yourself.

I talk about self-care so much that I’m almost annoying myself, but I don’t really think y’all hear me. Taking care of yourself, ensuring you get enough rest, you nourish your body, you feel at ease in your skin, etc. is your number one priority. It’s no one’s responsibility but your own not your spouse/partner, friends, kids, parents, etc. It’s on you. Coming to this retreat is a bold declaration that you are important, you matter and you will always strive to treat yourself well.

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I want to hear from you!

When was the last time you took time for YOU? Please share with me in the comments below.

Comments 21

  1. It’s important to take care of yourself. Especially if you’re a wife and mother and people depend on you. It’s also good for your mental and emotional health as well.

  2. This is so true. If you don’t take care of yourself you will not have anything left to give to your family. Thank you for this great article

  3. It is so important to take care of yourself. If you don’t you won’t have anything to give anyone. Thank you so much for sharing this article

  4. Great article. I definitely need to find some me time. I take care of my husband and son but I forget myself sometimes. After had brain surgery in 2013 I should spend more time on me and let others take care of themselves. I should also let them take care of me more.

  5. I agree. I don’t think you can take care of others (husband, kids etc) when you don’t have your own mind in order. I think “me” time is super valuable.

  6. Reading your post, all I could hear in the back of my mind was “vacation, vacation”, God knows I really need a vacation away from all the day-by-day stress. I try to make a little bit of a “me time” every day, either by enjoying a piece of chocolate, keeping up with my favorite show, going for a mani, or a haircut. Let those small things make your life beautiful!

  7. Everyone…no matter how busy….should have some “me” time!!! It’s a time to re-charge, gain perspective, and re-group! Even if it’s a 10 minute shower, with no one knocking at the door…it helps!!!

  8. Great tips! It’s so hard to carve out me time! I work from home, so the lines between work and home are always blurred, making it even harder to carve out that all important me time. But I’m doing it, bit by bit.

  9. Honey I do not have children, nor do I want to, and I still don’t get much ‘me’ time either, so sufficient self-care isn’t just hard for moms to get, I think most people in general rarely get a moment to breathe, especially as entrepreneur. When you answer to yourself, you work longer hours than you ever had in a traditional 9-to-5, but as for me, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  10. Investing in “me time” is so important and is honestly not done enough if you ask me. There are so many days that I just do do do and never stop and slow down to take care of myself. I am sure that is true for everyone. It is hard to fit that in sometimes but definitely necessary!

  11. Me time is so important for your sanity and to be happy in life. These are great reasons to allow yourself to take some me time. It also be really strengthen to your relationship as well.

  12. Sounds like a lovely time! My idea of “me time” is relaxing at home while my family is out for the day. It’s nice to just sit and enjoy some peace and quiet sometimes. We all need it.

  13. I think a little “Me Time” is important to do every day! it allows me to take the time I need as most days, i don’t get to relax and am running non-stop! Believe it or not, without sounding selfish, the most important person in my life is me! As if I am not well, I cannot help the rest of the family!

  14. Having a time for yourself is very important. Working from home, doing the chores and taking care of your family is not an easy thing to do, but you also need to take a break even just for a few hours. I make sure to have a me time a few hours a week to keep my sanity.

  15. There are many things that we can do in our “me time.” Sadly, because we’re hooked with a lot of work every day, it’s hard to fine time dedicated only for pleasure or for learning something new. Definitely I need more inspiration to get going because being too preoccupied with responsibilities in the office and at home takes me down.

  16. I honestly don’t feel myself if I don’t get the acquired me-time every week. I think it’s important to invest in your own well-being before anyone else. I mean, I think I always come first in my life haha! That’s how I keep so positive and energetic I assume, right? I am lovin’ life!

  17. I love my me time and a few years ago I didn’t have such a thing. I was at home with kids until they both went off to school which happened two years ago. I was with my kids all day everyday I don’t have babysitters at all so even when one was in school I still had one home and my hubs worked two jobs so that I could stay home but it was hard. The first few weeks when they both went to school I just sat on the couch and stared at the walls because I never had that time to myself and it felt weird but good. Great tips!

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