Right now, life might be feeling harder than usual for you. There are lots of ways to describe how you might be feeling - anxious, overwhelmed, hōhā - even a little meh. And, that’s totally understandable. Life right now is hard – whether you’re surrounded by people, soldiering on alone or heading out to work as an essential worker.
Here's one thing you can do that might help: find a little time, every day, to turn some meh time into me time.
We know it’s not easy: there’s a lot of noise out there and things feel hard. We know you don’t have the space or the time to do something big right now.
We’re in that waka alongside you – most of us are in lockdown too, and it is tough.
But you’re important. You matter. Your mental health and wellbeing need to be cared for.
So, we’re asking you to do something little, but something powerful: take some me time. Some time that’s just for you. Some time, every day, to do something you want to do.
It’s totally up to you what your me time looks like – what’s most important to us is that you take it, even if it’s just five minutes a day.
See how you feel afterward. We hope it makes a difference.
We know you might be sick of hearing it, but we really are all in this together. But sometimes, while we’re in this together, we need a little bit of time on our own. And that’s perfectly okay.
What is Me Time?
Me time is time that’s just for you, doing something you want to. It doesn’t really matter what that is. We have some ideas to inspire you on this page, but really, it’s about doing whatever what makes you feel good that you can do.
Me time is about time to rest, time to recover from this big, scary thing that’s happening around us. It’s about taking a break from the stressors that are affecting us and giving our brains a break from the things that are worrying us. It’s about giving ourselves a little bit of time-off from our responsibilities and pressures – even if it’s just five minutes.
Why is Me Time Good for Me?
Science has shown the importance of taking time out for ourselves – especially in hard times like the ones we’re living through right now. Me time:
- Helps us manage stress
- Reduces feelings of anxiety and depression
- Increases feelings of happiness
- Increases empathy for others
- Makes us feel more satisfied with our lives
- Gives us time to think about our lives and what we want from them
- Encourages creativity
- Increases productivity
- Increases resilience
- Improves our sense of self-worth
Need Extra Help?
Right now, we’re living in a strange and unpredictable Aotearoa. Managing this sudden change and uncertainty can trigger new and old distressing thoughts or manawa pā and trauma, and remind us of situations where we’ve felt trapped, helpless or afraid.
We have information for people who are managing mixed emotions right now – including feeling anxious, afraid or coping with obsessions/compulsions here.
We also have a list of helplines and supports here.