March 28, 2014

“I WANT TO BE ALONE” Why You Need Some “Me Time”

Great Garbo uttered that famous line in the 1932 classic, “Grand Hotel.”  It’s a great line that, I’m sure, she said to herself many times in her real life, when she was being hounded by photographers and fans. You have probably said this line – or something like it – to yourself many times, as well. “Getting alone” can be quite a challenge with work, family, friends, etc. However, it is something that you must do for a two reasons.

1) You need to recharge not only your physical “battery”, but also your “mental” and “spiritual” battery. Many of us run frantically from one thing to another and then when we finally make it home, plop in front of the TV for some down time, only to be hit with negativity, war, and crime. Perhaps the reason that reality shows are so popular is because we are grateful that it is not “our” reality, and we want to see others struggle to handle problems and challenges.

2) According to a report in 2011 by the American Medical Association, stress is responsible for over 85% of all illness and disease. It’s a major contributing factor either, directly or indirectly, to coronary artery disease, cancer, respiratory disorders, accidental injuries, and more. Additionally, the toil it takes on people mentally and emotionally is overwhelming.

If you want to avoid stress and the conditions that it can produce in your mind and your body, you need to “get alone.” You need some “me time!”

Take a walk outside your office by yourself. Maybe pull your car off to the side of the road or go to a park – whatever you need to do to be alone, just do it. Turn off your cell phone or iPod. Don’t check Facebook, Twitter or your emails. It can all wait. Take a few deep breathes. Be in the present moment.

It’s about – at least for a few minutes – being a human being as opposed to always a human doing. It’s about giving yourself a present of some “me time… and that is truly a wonderful gift for your body, mind and spirit.

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