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Importance of ME time

Monday, September 16, 2013

I have been missing lately. I have been sick for the past two weeks. For the first time in years, I have not been to the gym in over two weeks. I have just been too sick. Today I can say I am finally starting to feel better and hope to get back to the gym tomorrow.
I have not had a car since July. I have been sharing one car with my husband, whose work takes priority.
I say all of this, not to complain but to set the stage for this blog about ME time.
ME time is not something I usually have. I always tell myself it is important, but somehow life takes over, and it does not happen. I realize the necessity of ME time, especially as I have a lot of stress to deal with in my life. The stress is ongoing and I have no control over it, yet it impacts me powerfully. This weekend brought additional upset in another family situation.
The things I described at the beginning of this blog have forced me to be home and have given me the ability to spend more ME time. I have read books, prayed, worked on my photographs, counted my blessings and just relaxed.
I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made. Instead of getting stressed and going for food to comfort myself when the first situation arose, I was able to tell myself to relax. I reminded myself that there was nothing I could do at the moment to help the situations. I took out my blessing book and read what I have listed. I reached out to others who can understand.
Yes, I still am upset, but I am handling it so much better. I did not lose sleep over it and I did not eat to get through it.
For my Diamond team we are starting the Fall challenge. We needed to write a blog about our goal. Mine was to handle stress in better ways. I have discovered that taking more ME time is a tool that can help in many ways. It helps me relax. It helps me focus on things I enjoy. It improves my emotional being. I feel happier and have more energy. We all need to have more ME time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLASSYLADYMAY 9/23/2013 10:07AM

    Awesome! So glad your feeling better and have ME time. !! We all need that!! Sending hugs to you!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/19/2013 9:54PM

    You are so right! Thanks for reminding us that we need to take time for ourselves!

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SKINNYROBIN100 9/17/2013 11:14PM

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/17/2013 10:02PM

    So sorry you have been sick, Ruthie! Glad you are on the road to health. Hurrah for you for the Me Time! You deserve it!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/17/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon on finding ME time and dealing better with stress.

Sorry to hear you've been so sick, emoticon

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CARRAND 9/17/2013 12:32PM


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OKBACK2ME 9/16/2013 11:50PM

    Ruthie it is good to hear you are feeling better! Yes stress makes us sick and we all need to learn to handle it better! I'm sure you will learn healthier ways to handle it. Remember you can't control or change the people, and the environment around you when you let go of trying it will get better, you can change how you react to it! emoticon

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GGRANLDY 9/16/2013 10:34PM

    Ruthie so sorry you have been sick.. But glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Glad to hear that you are taking some ME time. It is important in our daily lives to do that.
Take care and praying for you.

Blessings and Hugs

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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/16/2013 9:58PM

    Gotta love how you are experiencing that strange sort of liberation one CAN receive when some people would have viewed loss of car as confining!! Ruthie, creating Me Time activities is/will-be so incredibly exciting for you! As challenges to self go, this one is loaded with joy and promise. Just reading your blog made me grin for your Possibilities!!

While having a car always on hand gives us some freedoms, that fact can also be a snare detracting from quality time from which we gain more. Now.... stay healthy so you can indulge in quality Me Time to the best advantage, ok?!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2013 8:51PM

    It's so difficult for women to "justify" taking "ME TIME" . . . like it has to be justified anyway, but that's our mentality I suppose. I found it hard, too, but like you, the physical benefits were making it a necessity and I finally realized that it was valuable for me to take the ME TIME because it made me healthier!

HUGS and take care of yourself! Or should I say CONTINUE to take care of yourself.

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SASSYLJB 9/16/2013 6:44PM

    ME Time is important as well as a feeling good Ruthie who has been sorely missed while she has been under the weather! I think it is a great goal to deal with stress the correct way and not lose our me time! As woman we tend to forget about us and focus our energy on others! Great goals from a Great Diamond!

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TREV1964 9/16/2013 6:06PM

    You mention the magic word in your blog "Control".

Giving yourself the ME time helps you to take the lost control back somewhat enabling you to take as much as you need to get back onto that even keel that we all desire.

Great blog by the way.



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TKOVACH1 9/16/2013 5:59PM

    Ruthie, I'm so happy that you are feeling better and were able to get some ME time. I'm happy that it helped you with dealing with your stress. Thanks for sharing your personal thoughts with us.

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NILLAPEPSI 9/16/2013 3:14PM

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AMY-MIMI77 9/16/2013 12:51PM

    This is a great blog; I am so happy to read this!
ME time is often pushed back for "life"

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BUTTERFLYGRACE 9/16/2013 12:29PM

    Way to go, Ruthie! What a testimony that taking care of ourselves is a daily requirement. You are such a wonderful example!

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XENATHOMAS 9/16/2013 11:34AM

    So happy that you feel better. You are right, me time is absolutely important. Hope you continue to get more and more emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/16/2013 11:08AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/16/2013 11:02AM

    great reflection

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RAINBOWMF 9/16/2013 10:48AM

    Sorry you have been sick. It is not a good way to get ME time, but glad you learned how nice it is to have me time.

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SHANSHE 9/16/2013 10:34AM

    Great blog and so TRUE! Thanks for the reminder!

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KITT52 9/16/2013 9:32AM

    glad you are starting to feel better.....I agree about the ME time

have a healthy week

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/16/2013 9:30AM

    I agree.... Me Time is very much needed for everyone. It does help with stress and this will be a great goal for you to have.

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