To tie into my most recent Instagram and Facebook post (Links below), I’ve decided to write about how we can make more time for US when we are just TOO busy!
1. Make Yourself A Priority
it might sound selfish, but if you put yourself first, everything else will probably fall into place. You need to make sure that you're being healthy mentally before you can accomplish anything else in your life. It's important to fulfill your needs — no matter how big or small they may seem.
2. Wake Up An Hour Before You Normally Would
If you feel like you don't have enough time during your day to relax and devote yourself to things you like to do, then it might be a good idea to create the time you need instead. Wake up a few hours earlier to have more time for yourself. You can exercise, read, or drink coffee in silence. Plus, there are a lot of benefits to waking up early. Try going to bed and waking up earlier so you can have some time without being distracted by others. And if you're feeling rejuvenated, it can help you have a more productive lifestyle because you already took care of number one.
3. Let Go Of Control
It can be really hard to let go of control when you feel like you have to do everything to get anything accomplished. But saying goodbye to that anxiety is one of the first steps to finding more free time for yourself. It's OK to admit that you need a little help, especially if it means taking care of ourselves again. Don't feel ashamed to just let things happen or to ask others for help. You're only human, and don't forget that.
4. Schedule It In The Calendar
If you're having a hard time making personal time a priority for yourself, then you might want to actually pencil it into your calendar. It might sound silly, but once you schedule it, you'll feel less inclined to cancel. Treat it as if it's a real meeting and don't even think about canceling it last minute, because then you're just being rude to yourself. Schedule it during the same time every week, so it can become a solid habit!
5. Say Goodbye To Feeling Guilty
Sometimes people decide not to put themselves first because they feel guilty about it when they do. But instead of viewing me time as being selfish, view it as a necessity. I know things come up and last-minute and emergencies sometimes must take priority. But treating your personal wellness as the priority prevents it from becoming a slippery slope.
6. It's OK To Say No
Just like how it's OK to not feel guilty, it's OK to say no to others. For you to be able to schedule some personal time in your routine, there are some tasks that you might have to turn down. Saying no to others is hard because we tend to have a fear of conflict and are afraid to disappoint others. But your friends and family should understand why you are telling them no when all you want is some time to yourself to recharge. They will only want the best for you even if it means saying no to them for that exact moment.
Don't feel guilty to schedule yourself some me time because you believe you should be doing something else. You're just as important to take care of as those dirty clothes or pile of dishes. Try and make sure you're taking care of yourself on the regular. Even if it's for only 20 minutes a day, devote that time to doing something you love. You can feel 100 percent better after the fact and may even enjoy the rest of the day that much more!
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