What not to do during me time

While we say your me time is up to you, we have some guidance on what to avoid.

Sometimes, when times are tough and we’re feeling low, we can reach for behaviours or coping mechanisms that might feel good for a little while but that ultimately aren’t good for us or our whānau or loved ones. These include: 

  • Yelling 
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Smoking or vaping too much 
  • Pacing 
  • Skipping meals 
  • Staying in bed all day 
  • Sleeping too much
  • Spending too little money 
  • Spending too much time online 

If you find you’re doing these things, try some of the other tips on our Me time page instead. And, if you need some support, reach out to a friend or whānau member, contact a helpline or get in touch with your GP for a virtual appointment. You can also make a self-care plan, we really like this one from the Black Dog Institute in Australia. You’re doing the best you can, and you’ll find new ways of getting through this.