Who isn’t busy these days? The busier you the more you need time to pull to the side of the road and rest. Back in the day there were these commercial from Calgon where the women was so busy she dreamed of a nice relaxing bath.
This is your Calgon moment. It’s crucially important that you find a way to make some time for you. Self-care is important for both your physical and mental health. So, here are some ways you can make time for self-care, even if you are very busy.
Get up earlier You’ve heard the saying “early to bed, early to rise makes a women healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Here is where you get creative about fitting in self care. Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. Most of us have nothing to do at 5am. Sure a few extra hours of sleep sounds too good to pass up; but, once you get used to waking up early, you will be glad you did. Waking up early gives you permission to brew a cup of coffee and read uninterrupted, journal, make a healthy breakfast, get in a good morning workout, or do anything that makes you happy. Of course, this does mean setting a bedtime so that each night to get enough rest!
Set a schedule and stick to it I am a calendar junkie!! Everything goes on my calendar. Each Sunday I sit down and map out my week. In my calendar are workouts, business and self care. I have a standing date with myself every night for reading at least 10 pages of any book of my choices and some meditation. At least 4-5 times during the week I’m working out.
One of the biggest reasons people feel like they don’t have time is that they don’t bother budgeting the time they have. If you make a detailed plan, then you will find that you can squeeze in some self-care, even at the busiest times. It’s all about priorities.
One of the best ways I find to get in my self is to buy Groupons, they always have massages, manicures, pedicures and a host of other self care things.
Ditch the distractions Some days it’s all about the Netflix, Facebook and chill. This can be relaxing for short times okay long period of time too… Why not shift the focus to something that nurtures your mind instead. Give yourself a goal before you turn on the television. For example, you could pledge to yourself that you’ll do 10 minutes of meditation before your favorite show starts each day. You could do wall sits or planks during the commercials.
Focus on the little things I use to be an all or nothing kind of girl when it came to working out. If I couldn’t get it all it, I didn’t count and I would spend the day festering! It can be difficult to make time for things like full-blown workout sessions, but it is much easier to make time for a small 15-minute walk or jog. If you are struggling to make time for self-care, try setting aside time for very small self-care activities. Instead of reading a book, try just reading a chapter. Instead of exercising for an hour, try and find time for a quick 10 to 15-minute workout session.
What’s one way you are going to make time for self care?