Making time for yourself can help make self care a normal part of daily life. However, people often feel like they don’t have enough time to take care of themselves! The key is to think and plan ahead, and listen to what others do, and become accountable in making time for yourself.
Think and plan ahead
It may seem counterintuitive, but planning ahead to make more time for yourself works. Brainstorming about what you love to do, want to do, and need to do can help you get a better sense of what you can fit into a day or week more easily.
Krista right from our Fitness Coaching team suggests know your strengths and weaknesses. Start with a plan that’s simple and inexpensive. Maybe start with making the time for a longer shower (even 5 extra minutes to use a homemade scrub. See the recipe below for my homemade scrub. Go for a short walk, borrow a new book from the library and read ten pages a day before bed.
Make time for self care
Add to your schedule at least one thing that you have as a goal or that you love to do. If you include things that make you happy in your schedule, you’ll be less likely to burn out. You will have more energy to follow through on the things that do feel like work. No matter what level of responsibility you have, you can make time to do things you enjoy.
Some good ways to schedule ahead time for yourself is to add self care tasks to your calendar. You could also join a group, exercise to feel good about yourself, take a nap, or get your nails done. Scheduling exercise into your week can help you stay accountable to yourself and meet your goals.
Say no (at least sometimes)
Saying no to someone else will ultimately be saying yes to yourself. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Laura Winters from Post Partum Health and Harmony says it’s “better to say no than to spread yourself too thin”. It’s ok to limit what you do for work, friends, spouse and even your children. Our children view us as role models even with self care. You don’t have to be Superwoman or Superman to everyone and know it’s ok to be honest.
Create more time for yourself
Eliminate distractions by focusing more when it’s time to get things done. Close the door to your office or workspace area. Work in a quiet place. You can also delegate tasks and ask for help to free up time. Amanda Veinott a community builder and owner of Momique says, “Make a list of small victories & commit to doing one thing for yourself a day.”
Another way to create more time is to take advantage of time that you spend driving, on a bus or train, or waiting for someone else in the car or office. You can meditate, plan, listen to an audiobook, or check a few tasks off your to-do list with this time.
Try not to be a perfectionist
Trying to get everything done just right can drain both time and energy from well-meaning people. Let things go that aren’t the most important on your list. Or, do half the job and know that you can come back to the rest later. For instance, your house doesn’t have to be spotlessly clean all the time.
Prioritize to make time for yourself
As author Brian Tracey says, “Eat That Frog!” That’s why he titled his book with the same phrase. The idea is to do the most difficult task first, and then progressively easier ones after that. The effect of this is that your day should feel progressively easier.
Another way to prioritize your tasks to get the most out of the time you do spend on them is to schedule only 3-5 of your most important tasks for the day. That way, you can be sure to get them done and have time for the lesser important things throughout the day.
Making time for yourself by making time to do the things that will make you feel satisfied and comfortable in all areas of your life. Goal planning, brainstorming, scheduling, and letting go can help you take action to lead a fuller, more balanced, and happier life.