Doctor’s Orders

By: Lisa McDivitt
By: Lisa McDivitt

A few days ago I overheard a retired physician say that he used to write some of his patients a prescription for taking time for yourself. I looked into it a little more, and discovered that this is a legitimate way to prevent some serious ailments.

I think a lot of times people (okay, I) feel guilty when taking “me time”. In today’s world of go, go, go, it can feel selfish, or even wasteful to just relax. But, as Dr. Scott Rollins told me, this down time should actually be an essential part of your daily life.


Dr. Rollins suggests 15 – 30 minutes of scheduled “me time” each day. It could be yoga in the morning, a walk at lunch, or even just participation in an activity or hobby you really enjoy.


Women, in particular (sorry, guys! I’m biased), tend to spread themselves too thin with work, family, friends and other responsibilities. And on top of that, women also tend to feel guilty when taking time for only for them.


Well, ladies, check out the story we did on Friday morning (click here). It might change your mind about the importance of taking time for you.


So, what are your tricks for scheduling “me time?” Leave me your thoughts and ideas here!


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  • by Lisa McDivitt Location: KKCO on May 18, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    Hi RW - I'm glad you thought the "prescription" was useful! I usually find that there is always something I could be doing, so having someone tell you that you have to take that time for you is necessary to actually get it done. i hope you find even more "me time" this week!
  • by RW on May 12, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    lISA,Excellent advice. I tried to find time this weekend. I did it for two days but goinh back to work on Monday was another story. But I did find that my children found me to be a better mother over the weekend. So--I'm really going to try to find "me time"daily. Thanks
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