TIME OUT! Why Taking Time Out for Yourself is Important

Taking time out for yourself when charging through life is probably the last thing on your mind. It’s selfish. Careless. With family, work, school, and critical decisions regarding your future, it’s nearly impossible to complete everything on your to-do list, let alone squeeze in a few minutes of down time. It’s counter-intuitive. It’s…

Innovative.

And here at IBT, we are all about being innovative. That is why we agree with the many entrepreneurs and health professionals that say carving out a few moments in your day for “purposeful” down time is an investment in your long-term well-being, your creative mind, and your compassionate heart. It increases your motivation while boosting your metabolism. It provides rest for the muscle that is your brain while rejuvenating your passion and creativity. It tells yourself, “I matter, too,” while preparing you to be there for others.

“Spending time with yourself benefits everyone because by having a happier and healthier mindset, you’re in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who are important to you,” says Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. and author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout on Psychology Today . “Just start off small,” she encourages, “and see what happens.”

Spending hours on the couch doesn’t count as “purposeful” down time. Rather, it’s carving out minutes or half an hour in your schedule to think, reflect, or pursue a hobby or other interest. It’s purposeful time to work on YOU.

Below are three ways that students at IBT can incorporate “purposeful” down time into their busy schedules:

  1. Turn off your gadgets:

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Want to take a quick break to check your Facebook? Go for it! But this doesn’t count as “purposeful down time. Often, it’s just a distraction. Rather, disconnect from the distractions and stretch, meditate or start learning a new language. Just a few minutes a day can start you on a path to clearing the clutter in your mind and preparing you for the next task at hand.

  1. Allow your mind to drift:

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Maybe you take a quick bike ride. Maybe you build a tree house for your kids. Whatever the hobby you wish to pursue, allow your mind to open and think while you do it. Ponder your dreams and how you can reach them, your goals and how they can be pursued. Some of the best inventions were thought up in moments of down time, so take advantage of it!

  1. Write it down:

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When you’ve got an idea during down time, write it down. Whatever it is, writing it down makes the idea tangible. Sometimes it will help to realize the idea is ridiculous! Other times, it will help to work out the possibilities. Whatever the result, writing it down makes it more real. The next step to writing it down is verbalizing it. Together, these techniques will hold you accountable to actually making it happen.

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