Where do you fit into your day?
If you are like most people, you are pretty busy. You are already dealing with work, relationships, and a whole lot of day-to-day actions. You are running in every direction at once. How in the world are you supposed to fit self-care into a day like that?
Thankfully, it is easier than you think. Try these five ways to add self-care into your busy day.
Ask Some Important Questions
Self-care is not always about over-indulging yourself. Frankly, at its core, self-care is more practical than you might think. You start by asking yourself what you need right now. Meeting these basic needs should be at the center of self-care.
Map it Out
Self-care is never going to happen. Unless you are intentional, you will never make time for it. By using your calendar and scheduling time for yourself, you are more likely to meet your basic needs. Start small by building in the habits which will help you the most. You can begin by adding regular exercise date several days a week or making a meal plan to help you eat healthier. As you achieve one goal, add in another. The key is not to overwhelm yourself all at once.
Figure Out What Comes First
How are you when it comes to priorities? If you are like most people, just deciding where to begin can be difficult. Here you need to figure out the difference between essential and urgent. If you have a vital project, but not a critical project, you can add it to your schedule. If something is urgent and not necessary, give it to someone else to do. But if something is urgent and important, do this first.
Learn to Say “No”
You should never feel like you have to say “yes” to everything. Sometimes the best form of self-care is learning how to say “no.” By setting definite boundaries, you protect yourself from activities that will only leave you drained and give you no benefit at all.
Do the Small Stuff
We think the little things do not matter, but they do. By ensuring you take care of the basics, such as making sure you get enough sleep, practicing good hygiene, eating right, and exercising, you will keep your body in tiptop form. These things also have a tangible impact on your mental health.
When we get busy, we tend to forget all of these things so quickly. When you are making an effort to take care of yourself, you have to be intentional in what you do. Remembering these five tips will go a long way toward keeping you healthy and happy no matter how busy you get.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.