And *gasp*... if we do remember, it feels like a sacrilege, like something those crazy girls do only in books. Ha! "Me time"... who has time for that? Well, guess what? You do. You really, really do. And it only takes 30 minutes a day. That's it, just a measly half hour.
^Take your time back — 10 or 15 minutes at a time
Yes, you can. Get up 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15 minutes later. Or make it 10 on each end and steal 10 from your kids in the middle of the day. Your choice, but make it happen.
^Close your eyes and meditate
For your first 10 minutes, you are going to close your eyes and... your choice: mediate, focus on gratitude, think about all the ways you are going to really spoil yourself when you decide to steal a whole hour from your day and not just 10 minutes at a time. Either way, the goal here is calming and breathing — focusing on you. This is 'me time' at its finest.
^Dance (or sing) like there is no one watching
You can do this, I promise. Another 10 minutes. Turn the music on as loud as it can go — in your home, in your car, on your iPod. Dance like a crazy person and get that energy out. Sing your heart out. Belt the lyrics like you are joining Kelly Clarkson on stage and she just might need to worry about her job. You are releasing energy, building adrenaline, focusing on happy. This is good, very good.
^Sense your scents
Aromatherapy is another happy place. Your final 10 minutes. You might not have time for a full bath, but you do have time to pull out your favorite bath salts, bubble bath or body scrub, fill the sink with warm water, mix and breathe it in. Close your eyes and do it with me. Are you doing it? Let the scent take you to a peaceful (or rejuvenating) place.
Keep focusing on the good. 10 minutes at a time. When you have fully embraced your 30 minutes, feel free to step it up to 40, and then get really crazy and go for an hour. You deserve it.