The other day, a casual acquaintance asked me about alone time, and when I said exercise or my lunch break, she gave me this ‘look’ which clearly meant that those 2 activities didn’t count.
To me, getting some exercise is a great feat in and of itself. Getting to read a book, even if it’s in the middle of a work day, is also a great stress relief. After work, it’s family time and if I’m lucky, I get in some couple time and see old friends. My goal is to focus more on career this year so any other extra time will probably be taken up with chores, cooking or career-related activities/reading. There’s just zero time for “me” time, as in hobbies or whatever “counts” as quality me time. This brings me to the question. What does count as “me” time? Is it shopping by myself, rather than with friends? Reading on the weekends? Taking a walk by myself? Going to a spa by myself?? I could take a class I suppose. I guess I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to do and if I should schedule “me” time?
I’m not saying that my acquaintance is 100% correct; after all, the early parenting years are extremely busy. However, I wonder if I’m shortchanging myself and asking for burn-out because I don’t take time for myself.