How do you like to spend your ‘me time’, your time alone?
Do you realise the importance of taking time for yourself each day, to do something that you enjoy?
Solitude can be good for our mental health and creativity
How spending time alone can help your mental health and creativity
Do you feel sometimes like you want to step out of the world and take some time out? Life is hectic at any age and even though we retire, life can still be busy. For some of us that means helping with family, taking care of elderly parents or grandchildren, as well as enjoying our own retirement activities or working.
Recently, the University of Buffalo conducted studies and found that people who spend time alone improved their mental health and also were more creative.
Although research had previously shown that some time spent in solitude was not detrimental to our mental health, the new study is the first to show that spending time alone can improve our mental health by promoting creativity.
In her book, It’s Never Too Late, Julia Cameron talks about Artist’s Dates and also daily walks alone to reflect and meditate on your life.
The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you.
We only get one chance at this life so enjoy each day
This week, I asked some of my members of the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group how they like to spend their ‘me time’. I’ve listed their ideas below and it was not surprising to see that there were some common threads in their responses.
The added bonus was that most of the suggestions didn’t cost any money – you can’t get better than that!
Easy ways to enjoy your ‘Me time’ without spending a cent
- Read, putter in the garden, coffee with friends… getting better at it as I get older
- Walking with my pal and listening to the birds. 5 minutes meditation as I walk. Always come back with a lovely clear head!
- I like to walk alone on the beach or through a rainforest to really have some me time.
- Other than gardening, bushwalking and time in the gym it would be sitting on the verandah with a cuppa and a book
- Coffee, a cat, a comfy chair, and a great book – bliss!
- A loooong, hot bath.
- Visualizing, meditating, walking in the park.
As you can see the simplest things can sometimes bring the most pleasure and joy to our lives.
How do I spend my ‘me time’?
Getting lost in a good book, a yoga session or walking along the river in Brisbane or by the ocean.
Do you make time for yourself each day?
What is your favourite way to spend your ‘Me time’?
I’d love you to share your thoughts with me in the comments below.