10 of the best items for when you just need some 'me-time'

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A woman in a yellow bikini is seen from overhead as she swims on her back in a palm-lined pool.
'Me-time' comes in all shapes and forms, but doesn't have to be expensive. Photo: Getty Images

If 2022 is shaping up to be half as tricky as 2021, then learning to take some time out is essential.

Here are some of the top items to help you forge out some "me-time"

Body Benefits Bubbling Hydro Teal Foot Spa, $39

There's something about putting your feet in water which is instantly relaxing.

This foot spa is designed to relieve, comfort and stimulate minor muscular aches and pains.

It has massage tips and an arched pedicure massager to stimulate the soles of your feet, as well as a splash guard for no mess massaging.

A blue and white plastic foot spa with bubbling water. Body Benefits Bubbling Hydro Teal Foot Spa, $39
Body Benefits Bubbling Hydro Teal Foot Spa, $39. Photo: Big W

At-home massages, from $109

If you struggle to carve out time for self-care, then having someone turn up at your house to give you a massage means you can't put it off any longer.

Blys sends screened, qualified, professional massage therapists to your home, at a time that suits you.

Choose from a range of treatments including Swedish relaxation massage, sports massage, deep tissue or pregnancy massage.

They also offer a range of other treatments, including facials and nail treatments.

A woman in black massages the head of a woman on a massage table in a light, bright room with plants and a big window.
Blys offer at-home massages, from $109. Photo: Blys

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Skincare tools

There's something about applying skincare and using the right tools that forces you to take some time out.

We love the Rose Quartz Gua Sha and the Rose Quartz Face Roller, $69.95 for both, from Swiish.

The Gua Sha is a facial tool that helps promote circulation, blood flow and relieves muscle tension in your face, leaving you glowing and radiant.

The face roller helps reduce puffiness.

On a pink background is shown a block of Rose Quartz Gua Sha and the Rose Quartz Face Roller, $69.95 for both, from Swiish. There are also two marble blocks.

Home Interiors Lavender Essential Oil, $5

This essential oil is ideal for helping you relax.

Pop a couple of drops in a bath, on your bedsheets, or in an oil burner to reap the benefits.

A dark small bottle of Home Interiors Lavender Essential Oil, $5 beside its box, which both have lavender and white labels with black writing.
Home Interiors Lavender Essential Oil, $5. Photo: Big W

Flotation tank session, $75

For "me-time" that's guaranteed not to get interrupted, a flotation tank is the answer.

The tank is both light and soundproof, so you withdraw from any sensory stimuli as you float weightlessly in the magnesium-filled warm water.

Flotation tanks are designed to reduce stress, increase energy levels and cleanse the body of toxins. They're also believed to help injury relief, and improve digestion and metabolism.

Red Balloon offer these experiences across the country.

A woman lies in a Flotation tank wearing a white bikini with her hair flowing behind her.
Just what you need, a flotation tank session, $75. Photo: Red Balloon

Yoga

Get zen by making time in your day to practice yoga.

Gaia is an online yoga studio which means you can do yoga anywhere, anytime, from $15.99 a month - so there's no excuse not to fit some me-time into your day.

There are hundreds of classes ranging from 15 minutes to two hours that you can stream or download.

Yoga can help with anxiety, poor sleep, tension and pain relief.

A mature woman with curly dark hair, does the triangle pose wearing yoga clothing in a yoga studio.
Do yoga online with Gaia, from $15.99 a month, to carve out some me-time in your day. Photo: Getty Images

L'Occitane Almond Milky Bath, $47

If a bath is your idea of me-time then add some of this delicious bath milk for a truly relaxing experience.

It's enriched with almond oil to nourish and soften the skin, and it smells out of this world.

A silver bottle of L'Occitane Almond Milky Bath, $47 against a white sponge.
L'Occitane Almond Milky Bath, $47. Photo: L'Occitane

Home Spa

Who doesn't dream of some time out in the spa?

Make your dream a reality this year with the Bestway Havana Lay-Z-Spa, $499.

It's a blow-up spa that takes just a few minutes to inflate.

It has a soothing AirJet bubble massage system, and a massage regulator with two intensity level options.

It also has built-in wifi so you can control it through an app, as well as a chemical dispenser so it evenly disperses chlorine.

Perfect for me-time in the garden, whenever you choose.

Man and woman in a blue Bestway Havana Lay-Z-Spa on a paved area outside with a barbecue in the background.
Bestway Havana Lay-Z-Spa, $499. Photo: Catch.com.au

Audiobooks

Scrolling your phone endlessly might not count as satisfying me-time.

Switch off from the world for a bit with an audiobook.

Perfect for listening to while you're on the move. or pottering at home, it's a great way to escape everyday life for a while.

Audiobooks do a 30-day free trial, and the first three books after that are free.

Close-up of a female practicing mindfulness listening to a breathing mobile app. Side view of a young woman wearing wireless earphones relaxing by listening to nature's sounds and mindful music.
Switch off from the world for a while and listen to an audiobook. Audiobooks do a 30 day free trial. Photo: Getty Images

Walking

Walking is a free and easy way to clear your head, move your body and simply have some downtime, giving you the ultimate me-time whenever you need it.

Just tie up your shoes (we love these Adidas Originals Swift Run X, $150) and take yourself off for a spin.

The right shoe of a white Adidas Originals Swift Run X, $150

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