Have you feeling a bit insane lately?
Taking time for yourself takes on a different meaning for each person. For me it's totally dependent on why I need to take time for myself. Am I stressed? Sad? Lonely? Overstimulated? Over worked? Sometimes I need a walk to feel better, sometimes I need to completely remove myself from any form of contact from the outside world, and so on.
Il bel far niente!
These days, especially in the Western world, taking time for ourselves to do nothing is looked down on. You're not being productive! You're not pursuing your future! You're lazy! In actual fact doing nothing is extremely productive!
Taking time for your brain to sit and recuperate is beyond beneficial and will only increase your productivity later on. This ideology that we're meant to be robots and constantly compete to be at the top is a failing theory. There's no real competition and you're just making yourself a product for those "at the top."
Meditation has recently re-entered my life and it couldn't be more necessary. It gives me 20 minutes each day to forget everything and focus solely on my breath. Yoga has been recommended to me as well, but damn those classes are not relaxing. Big boobs + Yoga = Constant Choking.
My favorite way to take time for myself is to hike alone. I've mentioned this before, and I realize it's not the wisest thing, but it truly clears my head. I prefer going on the tougher trails and focusing on trying to steady my breathing while simultaneously dying.
When you're traveling it's hard to distinguish taking time for yourself and the adventure. In a way traveling is taking time for yourself to the extreme, but even then you get distracted by the tourist stops, pressure to see it all, or you're feeling pressure to make sure you're experiencing every available opportunity. It's important to assign at least one day with no plans, no destinations, and take your time with your day. You're there to not only enjoy your surroundings, but yourself in a new environment. Chances are you'll discover a new ability or two while you're going where the wind takes you.