We as homesteaders are usually so busy concentrating on our farms and families that we tend to forget to allow personal time for ourselves.
We write goals, we plan, we complete chores, we cook, we clean, plant, harvest, feed animals, take care of our families and we make time for each one of those things in our busy schedules. The one task we sometimes don’t think of planning is scheduling personal time for ourselves.
Why We Don’t Allow Personal Time
Homesteaders are known to be organized. We are planners, we think about what we need to do, buy, make, plant, and so on, continuously.
We plan goals for our kids and spouses, we research answers to the questions and problems that we encounter on our homesteads and in our daily lives, and we keep our homesteads running smooth and efficiently. Why? Because we are nurturing, giving, loving and unselfish.
Because we are not selfish, we usually think about everyone else, but ourselves. This is a great quality that benefits our homesteads and our families. It is not, however, beneficial to ourselves and is the single biggest reason we don’t allow personal time for ourselves.
How To Allow Personal Time for Ourselves
Just as we schedule time for others, we need to schedule time for ourselves. It can be daily or weekly. It can be for 30 to 60 minutes each day or 10 to 20 minutes in the morning. You can even schedule a monthly or quarterly get away also.
I schedule 30 to 60 minutes each day for “me time”. Sometimes that time is in the morning, sometimes throughout the day in small breaks, and sometimes in the evenings. I write in my planner that “me time” so I follow through with it.
What to do During “Me Time”
During my “me time” I exercise or meditate if that time is scheduled during the morning hours, this way I have 10 to 20 minutes to wake up and get motivated with a healthy mindset before I actually start my day.
If I scheduled my time in the evening, I may simply take a long, hot bath or maybe a facial mask, or on a rare occasion, I may paint my toes. (Don’t laugh, but I still haven’t figured out how to let the nail polish dry enough before I go to bed so I don’t wake up with sheet prints on my toes in the morning!) I am open for suggestions, anyway…I also may just watch a movie or even just read a book I have been wanting to read.
If you are looking for a great habit for your mornings, check out Hal Elrod who started the Miracle Morning series on his website. I have been doing this and I love it. Here is a link to his website. You can download the book Miracle Morning on Amazon.
Mini Vacations and Weekend Getaways
Every quarter I try to schedule a get-away weekend, and sometimes I just go to the beach for a day or two. If my friend’s schedule is open also, I will go visit a friend over the weekend.
Many times I can’t leave for too long because there is no one to watch the homestead for me while I am gone. During these times, I take care of everything early in the morning then I leave for the day. I may go hiking in the local state park, window shopping, or I may even go fishing. The important part is that I am still taking a much-needed break from the day to day routines of my homesteading life.
Usually, upon return to my homestead, I am refreshed, relaxed, and ready to jump back into my routine.
It doesn’t matter how long you take, and it doesn’t matter what you do. What does matter is that during your busy schedule, you make the time to allow personal time for yourself. You will thank yourself for doing it.
For a free printable list of the many suggestions of things you can do while you have personal time, click here.
What do you during your personal time? Share your comments below.