Never discount the importance of taking time for yourself.

In this day and age, most of us are so busy that we eat dinner standing over the kitchen sink and we get caught up with friends and family over two-sentence status updates. With so much going on, many people believe that they just don’t have the luxury of taking time for themselves, but the truth is that having time that’s just for you is vitally important to both your health and well being. Here are just a few of the many ways that taking time for yourself can improve your life:

#1. It will help you let go of stress and anxiety.

When you spend all of your time doing things, it leaves very little room to sit back and reflect on the decisions you’ve made. Soon, all of those experiences, as well as the raw emotions associated with them, will start to build up in your brain, leading to anxiety. But, you’d be surprised at what a difference it can make it simply give yourself time to ruminate on your experiences and let your anxiety go.

#2. It will increase your gratitude and happiness.

When you’re always on the go, it gives you very little time to sit back and think about all of the amazing things you have in your life. And, when you don’t give yourself the time to be grateful for what you have, it’s all too easy to forget that you have it. Taking time for yourself gives you the gift of gratitude, and even a little bit of gratitude can make you feel immensely happier. One study conducted in 1998 found that, in participants who were taught to cultivate feelings of appreciation, there was an average 23 percent reduction in cortisol levels, the stress hormone.

#3. It will enhance your focus and productivity at work and in life.

Many people believe that they can’t take a break because they’ll never make up for that lost work. However, taking time for yourself actually makes you a stronger, more focused worker because it revives you, allowing you to work to the best of your ability. If you work yourself into a state of constant exhaustion and stress, you won’t get as much done and, even worse, you’ll be miserable. Taking a break for yourself every once in a while is an essential part of keeping your focus and performance at a high level consistently.

Take some time for yourself at Inner Beauty Concepts, your go-to day spa in Nashua.

Everyone needs “me time” every so often, and we hope that this blog has demonstrated that, contrary to popular believe, taking time for yourself is a necessity, not a luxury. If you’re due for a little me time, what better way to relax than with a trip to our day spa? We offer everything from massage therapy to facials and body waxing for both men and women. We even offer spa gift certificates so you can give the gift of relaxation to a friend or family member. Schedule your appointment today!