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Taking A Personal Time-Out

Etsy picIt can be very difficult at times to take a little time off from our busy schedules, but let’s face it:  we need to. Many of us have a family, full time job, probably going to school or doing other classes, continuing education and the list goes on.  It can be hard to find balance in what seems to be a very unbalanced life.

A personal time out means that you can give yourself permission to have some “me-time” if not daily, weekly, monthly.  I know that our schedules may not allow us to have a full day or weekend off every week, but can we grant ourselves at least 15 minutes or 1 hour?  After all, just like a plane needs to be re-fueled in order to fly the other trip, we too need to re-charge our bodies in order to continue carrying on with our responsibilities.  When our energy tank is reading “E” it’s time to pull aside and re-charge!

As the saying goes, a little can go a long way.  Taking a personal time out does not have to mean something extreme, it can be something very simple.  Remember, in order for this to have the ultimate benefit, it should be something that you enjoy or something you are genuinely interested in.  It should not feel like punishment in any way and it should not be something you feel guilt over.  This is self care: It is you giving yourself love and attention.

The beauty of taking a personal time-out is that you can plan this around your schedule.  Just like you schedule meetings, business trips, seminars and conference calls, you too can schedule your personal time off.  For some persons, because of the nature of their job or lifestyle, taking a personal time-out might just very well mean taking time to spend with family and loved ones.  Perfect!

These are a few ideas for taking a personal time out either on your own or with family and loved ones:

* schedule a spa day

* take a yoga class

* spend 1 hour without technology: no phone, no internet, no iPad etc.  

* visit the beach

* read your favorite book , or a book you have always wanted to read

* cook a new meal, try out a new restaurant or recipe

* take a walk/run/jog on a trail 

* go sightseeing/exploring new places

* go on vacation

* meditation

* hot tub

* listening to music

* journal/painting/scrap-booking

* movie night

This list can go on, and on.  You can also add your favorite activities to this list.

What are some of the things that you enjoy?  What is one thing that you have been longing to do/try/experiment but you can’t find the time for it?

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Taking A Personal Time-Out

Karisse Callender, MS, SAC, LPC

Karisse Callender, MS, SAC, LPC, is a native of the Caribbean, living in the Midwest. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and is a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She does individual and group therapy with a Not-for-Profit Agency where she incorporates various treatment modalities to aide in client care. She has a special interest in relapse prevention, integrated treatment, counselor and client wellness and dual diagnosis. She enjoys reading, crafting, baking, socializing with friends and trying out different brands of tea. Lessons From the Couch was created out of her experiences on her new journey as a professional. This blog is about the process of seeing things unfold with clients who have mental health and addiction concerns and her keen interest in self care. Feel free to contact Karisse at: Follow her on Twitter: @lessonsbykc

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Callender, K. (2013). Taking A Personal Time-Out. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2020, from


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