An Uncomplicated Life Blog: 5 Best "Me Time" Activities

Friday, June 19, 2015

5 Best "Me Time" Activities

If you read my last post, I talked about how important it is to have alone time. Being able to get out and run errands by yourself (if you have children, you know this struggle...) is a good start, but what I'm really talking about is time to focus on YOU and your needs.

Thirteen months after Henry entered the world, and I'm finally getting some time to get back to this.

If you're like me and haven't had this luxury in a good long while, or perhaps you've never taken the time to spend quality time with yourself (I'm not talking about Netflix binges or internet stalking sessions, I mean quality time!), here is a great list of activities to do... With YOU!

1) Read a book. I just stated Wild by Cheryl Strayed and highly recommend it, even if you've seen the movie (which was also great). Get an actual book, not a magazine, newspaper or other internet reads - these are all written at the 4th-8th grade level. When you pick up a book, you'll be amazed at how much more invigorated your brain becomes! You'll start to think more critically and use vocabulary you haven't even thought of since your college days.

2) Spend some time outside. Without headphones/ear buds! Go for a walk and listen to the birds, sit by a lake like I did and people watch, soak up some vitamin D in your back yard as you listen to the wind in the trees. Unplug from technology and replug into nature, even for 15 minutes. Think I'm a peace-pipe-smoking-hippie? Try it and watch your mood improve.

3) Take a bath. No, not a shower. A bath. That you can sit in. Sit back and relax all your muscles. Take deep breaths. Try to quiet your mind and focus on relaxing, letting all thoughts go. I love to add a good aromatherapy bath salt. When I'm not pregnant, I take a glass of red wine in with me (I recommend stem-less glasses). Light candles if it will help you to relax. This is a great way to end a day!

4) Get a hobby. I'm not talking learning to build model cars from scratch or inventing your own drone technology. Think something simple that you can pick up and put down at your own speed. Jaelan loves to paint. My sister loves to knit. I really enjoy cooking. Adult coloring books have made a massive splash in recent weeks. Find something you enjoy doing or experiment with different things until you find a passion!

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5) Journal. This one is huge! It can be a basic notebook or you can get something fancy that inspires you to write regularly. Don't know what to write? Talk about what happened that day and how it made you feel. Write about what makes you happy. Write about what makes you sad. Getting thoughts and emotions out on paper not only helps us to process them, but also helps in getting us to think about them less, so we can move on in life and enjoy the present!

 What do you do in your spare time? Do you MAKE time for yourself?

As always, linking up with Amanda, Karli, H54F!


  1. Haha - these are literally the exact things I like to do with my time! Read a few books each month, love to go walking nature trails, make a point to take a bath at least once a week (in Winter - too hot in Summer!), always have a few hobbies on the go (photography, crochet, DIY crafts, baking, etc.), and try to journal a few times a week. I'd add meditate and yoga (or just simple stretches) as well. It's so beneficial to calm your mind like this daily, and physically destress in a relaxing (not exercise) way.

  2. I love this Friday post! I have recently been trying to spend more time outside and it definitely helps. Love the other ideas!

  3. Love!

    Time alone is so important. Time we spend with ourselves is time that we kind of get to "date" ourselves again. Life is so busy we hardly have time to think! It's good to practice little self "checks" from time to time.

  4. i LOVE me time! i workout, lounge/binge watch my shows, sometimes i'll meet some friends for lunch, bake/tinker in the kitchen, blog, garden, make some soaps and in the winter, i crochet all the things.

  5. I actually really love reading a magazine when I have alone's the only time I can really focus on it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. I think it's so important to have a few things you do just for you and these are all great ideas!

  7. Sit in silence without the TV blaring or have anyone ask you questions.......that sounds like that best me time ever. Oh and going to Target uninterrupted ;-) All seriousness though, cooking is such a great outlet!

  8. I love all these ideas! I saw an adult coloring book the other day. Who knew that was a thing? I was never good at kid coloring books but now it seems like such a great way to relax. You know what I had the other day that was glorious? A shower beer. Ice cold beer, steaming hot shower. It was amazing. Highly recommend.

  9. I love reading when I'm alone. And I think writing in a journal is super important.

  10. I love being outside! My "me time" lately is sitting in the backyard with a glass of wine watching the deer come out :)

  11. Great list! I agree it's important to have a hobby. I remember when I thought I was too busy for hobbies and realized I was making a big mistake. It actually occurred to me at a cocktail party when somebody asked me what I did for fun. I couldn't think of one thing....haha. I've fixed that.

  12. So good! I run with no headphones and love it. And yes to reading actual books!
    So glad you're finding ways to enjoy your "me" time!

  13. love all of these ideas!! such a good point about quality time, going to the shops or whatever doesn't rejuvenate me like actual alone me quality time.