How To Take Your Time With Your Time

How To Effectively Make Time For Yourself?

Finding time for yourself is a crucial part of recovery. But just as you might imagine,  not everyone agrees. Some would argue that labor is the only thing that is important. And until you overcome this inefficiency, you shouldn’t focus on anything else. Others would say, that reserving time for yourself is useless. But this isn’t always the case.  Finding the right balance of time in your life is essential to stay on a healthy path to recovery. Granted everyone is different,  everyone should take a few minutes to enjoy their own time. Even if this means doing nothing for a few minutes, you are doing allot. The side effects of not taking time for yourself can be dangerous. And if you’re not careful,  restricting yourself from allocating the necessary time for yourself can be deadly. We’re talking about high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic depression, drug addiction relapse, and more.

So how do you make time for yourself in a world that demands your full attention? What can you do to make your time worth it, without feeling guilty?

Why Do Most People  Feel Guilty About Making Time For Themselves

First off, forget what other people think of you.  If your afraid of making time for yourself because your afraid of being judged by others,  don’t feel guilty. According to recent studies conducted by Lisa Ranking from Psychology Today,  ” too many of us wear business as a badge of honor.” In further detail, some people always need to be busy because it makes them feel valuable.  Therefore, they are prone to project their fears onto you. As a result, they are afraid of the thought of you taking time for yourself.  But the great thing is, you don’t have to conform to the opinions of others. You can transform the way you live life, and start making time for yourself.

Another reason why so many people are afraid of making time for themselves is, they are scared of facing reality. Therefore, they will bury themselves in tasks and activities. Consequently, they use “being busy” as a way to run away from reality. But, this isn’t always the safest route for people in recovery. While running away from your problems might feel great,  reality always has a way of finding us. Therefore, it’s better to take the necessary time to confront your challenges and overcome them.  In the same light, this is a great way to get to know yourself better.

How To Take More Time For Yourself Guilt-Free


Taking a moment to meditate and clear your thoughts is always a great way to use your time effectively.  The benefits of meditating include low blood pressure, self-awareness, and improved emotional well-being. Meditation also helps reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Combined with enhanced cognitive capabilities, meditation is the gateway to a clean and sober life.  Another reason why everyone should take time to meditate is, it’s a great way to overcome obstacles in your life.  In essence, meditation requires a high degree of focus. Therefore, if you thoroughly invest your time in finding solutions, there’s no telling how much more successful you could be in just a matter of seconds.

Wake Up Before Everyone Else

If you’re having a hard time finding a way to make time for yourself, try to wake up before everyone else.  By waking up early in the morning, you can take a few minutes to think about your day and what you want to accomplish. Waking up early is also a great way to relax your mind.  If you’re like most people you’re mind is probably always racing. Therefore, we recommend you take a few minutes in the morning to gather your thoughts.

Unplug From Social Media

Social Media is a great place to network, build relationships, and find entertainment.  But, everyone needs a moment to decompress from social media. If you don’t, you might experience a social media overload. To be more specific, you might begin to experience extreme levels of depression, sadness, jealousy, and more. According to a recent study conducted by the Universities of Pittsburgh and West Virginia, ” for every 10% rise in negative social media interactions a person experienced, their risk of depression rose significantly rose by 20%.” Which means social media can have a dramatic effect on your emotions. Therefore, you should consider taking a moment to unplug from social media.

Find Your Favorite Book To Read

Whether you’re taking the time to learn something new, or you love a great story, taking the time to read your favorite book is a great idea. One of the best things about reading is, it helps you improve your focus and concentration level.  Reading also enables you to reduce your stress level. And it also allows you to enhance your knowledge. Not to mention, picking up a new book can also help you strengthen your confidence. In doing so, you will be able to make more confident decisions and enhance your chances of success.

Take a hiking trip

Last but not least, hiking is a great way to make time for yourself. Not only is it fun, but hiking is also therapeutic. At the same time hiking also makes you happier and healthier. In a recent article posted by Huffington Post, ” spending time outdoors increases your attention span and creative problem-solving skills.” This is useful to people in recovery because it can help you focus on your goals and help you overcome your substance abuse problems.  And just as you might imagine, hiking also relieves stress.

Ready To Make More Time For Yourself

Now that you have read about how to start making more time for yourself, it’s time to bring your vision to life.  Don’t let your guilt get in the way of taking time for yourself. Everyone needs time to heal and grow. And we want to make sure that you are on the path to a safe and healthy recovery. If you’re still not sure about how to effectively make time for yourself, contact Gatehouse Sober Community. Let us help you find time for yourself.




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