Me Time: 8 Ways to Get Social With Other Women
Allowing yourself to develop time for a social life is an area you may or may not place a priority. In the realm of coaching, this area finds a slot in the work/play dimension of the Wellness Inventory Wheel. For sure, you embrace the work aspect and make this a priority.
Work includes your household chores, any home business work you may have, taking care of children, and some of you work outside the home in addition to everything else you do. That list just mentioned is not even a complete list. You may have other responsibilities for your church or other civic groups.
Think about including in your schedule time for social activities where you are interacting with other women. You may not understand the importance of this but you derive strength from your fellow sisters. I remember years ago I watched a video by Dr. James Dobson from a series he had taped on the home. One of the subjects discussed was how we needed to build relationships with other women.
Dr. Dobson talked about old-fashioned quilting bees and how women came out into the community and drew strength from the relationships formed with other women. They would sit around the quilt as they worked on the project and would discuss raising children, how to strengthen marriages, tips for better household management, and whatever the need was at the time. Women talked through their post partum depression and other issues they needed help with.
That information has always stayed with me in a positive way. Years ago people were not so transient, and the quilting bees were made up of the generations of family members and close friends. Today, you may not even know your next door neighbor. You may feel isolated and alone. It is so important to realize your social life is needed and to make it priority to schedule “me time” with friends.
8 Ways to Get Social With Other Women
So instead of the quilting bee, where do you go? Here are a few ideas:
- Schedule a consistent girl’s night out with a few friends where you do a little shopping, or just sit at the restaurant and talk.
- Find groups in your local area. If you are new to an area and haven’t made friends yet, there is a website called www.meetup.com and you can find groups that meet in your area. Find a group that meets’s your interests, and try them out.
- Get involved in a twitter or Facebook party! These groups meet on a regular basis and are great fun! Not only do you learn about things you are interested in, but you also make great connections and friendships!
- Check out groups from you church. They often have women’s groups that meet regularly.
- Have a scrapbook party! Invite friends over for a night of scrapbooking and sharing. To me that’s the modern day quilting bee!
- Lunch out with a friend during work!
- Swap babysitting with a friend. Have her watch your kids one night while you go out with a friend or your husband, and then do the same for her!
- Host some type of direct sales party, like pampered chef, lingerie, or Tupperware. Invite all your friends!
There are so many ways to get out there! Get out your calendar and schedule at least one event. Set a goal for how many outings you want to shoot for each month. I would love to hear what you schedule for yourself!
What are you doing to make social time for yourself? What can you do to make this a priority?
Joyce Harrell is a Mom, Wife, Nana, Nurse, Health & Wellness Coach, Low Glycemic Mind-Body Transformation Coach, Author, Certified Vision Board Coach, and Aromatherapist. Her unique talent is to empower self-acceptance and purposeful living utilizing wellness principles, low glycemic education, vision boards, and essential oils. Joyce emphasizes simple principles for individuals who desire to feel better about whom they are as they are empowered to bring positive changes to their emotional and physical selves. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, Joyce has also received training as a wellness coach through Wellcoaches, and The Wellness Inventory coaching programs. She has co-authored the soon to be released book Heart of Success.
In addition to her Health/Wellness coaching business, she has founded the organization Nurses On The Edge, for nurses who are stressed, eat on the run, or are on the edge of burnout in their nursing careers. Her wellness programs can be utilized by individuals, groups, or the workplace. You may contact Joyce at [email protected], or get on her mailing list at http://www.nursecoachonline.com. Receive your free copy of CPR for the Kitchen Pantry when you opt in for her newsletter.
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