We often find that there’s never enough hours in the day. School runs, commutes to work, frequent food shops and general home life. Things can get very hectic all too quickly and it’s so important not to forget to allow time to relax, de-stress and enjoy a break from the normal routine.

If this sounds all too familiar, here are 5 ways to get more time to yourself:


On the first of every month, schedule a treat for yourself. Book a treatment at a spa or arrange to have a new haircut. Go on a solo shopping spree and buy yourself something nice. Grab a book and enjoy some reading at your favourite spot or cafe. Whatever you choose, make sure to always schedule it in on the first and make it happen.


At the start of every week, choose an evening when you’re going to take some ‘you time’. Even if it’s simply to have a relaxing bath, read a book or get around to doing that one thing you’ve been meaning to do for months. Say no to others if they invite you to do other things. Pick a day of the week and stick to it.


If you find yourself staying over at work more often than not, look at ways you can leave work on time…at least once a week. Maybe reschedule or delegate things to a colleague. If you’re planning to leave on time one day and something comes up, make sure you leave on time the following day. Allowing that extra time outside of work, will enable you to have and enjoy more time to yourself.


Having ‘you time’ doesn’t always have to be on your own. Having a break from the regular routine is something that’s really good for you. A change of scenery and meeting new people can do wonders for your wellbeing. If you have any particular interests, see if there are any groups in your local area that you could join – reading, dancing, yoga, crafts, sports, gym, volunteering, biking, gardening...the list is endless.


If it takes you around 30-45 minutes to get to work or longer, make use of this time (particularly on your way home from work). Instead of planning tomorrow’s agenda or what needs to be done when you get home, make your commute a time to switch off for a few minutes. Listen to your favourite music or radio station, plan your weekend or if it’s the first of the month, decide what you’d like to do for your ‘monthly treat’ or the day that you’ll take your ‘you time’ evening.