fact recommended to schedule in some “me time”. She recently went through a patch where all she did was work long hours, attend a few events, volunteered, ran errands, and helped out her family. At the end of that time she was physically and mentally exhausted. She wondered what she could do to help create some more balance in her life.
Many people who are highly motivated can understand it, because they start wishing that they could have more than 24 hours in a day. They are also start to sacrifice activities that are essential to their overall health and well-being. However, what Nina and people like her need to recognize is that part of being FNPhenomenal means being healthy.
In the book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” the authored suggested the use of the “back burner,” a term adopted from cooking. It suggests, putting something on to simmer while you focus on something else related to the main course. As the food sits there undisturbed, the flavors are enhanced and the food finishes cooking. The human brain works similarly. Essentially when applying this to your brain, you set a problem or issue aside, and don’t actively think about it. You let it sit there in the back burner, to simmer in your subconscious brain. After some time, the answer will generally just come to you. Think about it. Have you ever been looking for something (keys, glasses, etc.), and the second you stopped looking for it you found it? Have you ever been working so hard to come up with an answer for a project, and the second you stopped thinking about it, you got a flash of brilliance and solved the problem? That’s using your back burner.
Taking some “me time” helps with this. Taking time for yourself, in a planned and controlled manner, to relax helps your brain to put some of the daily challenges or questions on the back burner to simmer. This also helps you to recharge your proverbial batteries so you are better able to face the day.
Advising Nina, she recently understood that she loves to take “me time” by watching her favorite show Game of Thrones, however an hour a week isn’t enough to sufficiently recharge her batteries. She also decided that she will now take 20 minutes to meditate daily, once a week meet up with her friends for an 1-2 hours, and occasionally go to see a good movie. On average, she started to 7 hours a week on “me time” out of 168 hours per week. She is learning to be ok with this and not feel guilty, because it’s helped her to de-stress and ultimately get more work done.
How do you like to spend your “me time”, and how long do you do it?
Aisha Taylor is a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle”, and the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal). FNPhenomenal helps women to break the vicious cycle of making money, but not keeping it. FNPhenomenal provides education about money management, empowers women to take control of their lives, develop a healthier relationship with money, and pursue being phenomenal.
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