Have you stopped to think if you have more time for yourself lately? Your answer could be none or once per month. You have often prioritized your work, home, kids, and school that there is no time left for you to do things you love and enjoy. Prioritizing your time will make you more efficient in tackling your to do list, the less fun aspects of your schedule, and be happy. More so, with the help of experts, you will lead a healthy life and positive self-care.
The importance of self-care in your life
In today’s life, taking time for yourself is often looked upon as being unproductive and selfish. You have so much to do from paying bills, meals to cook, a job to do etc., but how do you possibly do all this and justify taking time out for yourself without feeling guilty? Without finding more time for yourself, the bitter truth is you’re not giving yourself a fighting chance to give your best to each aspect of your precious life. You’ll find yourself struggling in everyday life and burnt out if you don’t care for your life or your own needs.
What are some practices of self-care
Emotional Practice -Compassion, journaling, therapy, and stress management.
Social practice – support system, social media, boundaries, friends, and communication
Physical practice – Yoga, walking, nutrition, sleep, and stretching.
Personal practice – Goals, hobbies, creativity, and authenticity.
Simple tactics to find more time for yourself
Understanding your value
Understanding your self-worth sometimes may feel impossible as you’re juggling many hats and trying to do your best in all situations, which consumes all your energy, but it’s the first baby step you can take. You might not realize it, but you’re full of inner strength and unique. For example, you can try to jot down a list of things you love about yourself or are proud of every day and start to understand everything you do and appreciate yourself.
Find time for yourself and make it a priority.
You have so much on your to-do list that you don’t even get half of them done. Often, you’ll do the urgent ones or that have enormous consequences or easy and small things. You tend to push everything else down the list or forget about it until tomorrow or a couple of days. For you to find time for yourself, you need to think about it differently. Your time for self-care is a priority and non-negotiable. It doesn’t have to be months away; it could be 20 minutes of swimming or walking. It doesn’t matter whatever way you spend it; take your time a priority, and you’ll make it happen.
One of the reasons you have trouble making time for yourself is because you think it’s not very easy. However, a 10 minutes workout is greater than nothing at all. Do what you can achieve with the time you have and leave the rest. Be creative with your time, and don’t waste it with frustrations of what you can’t do but instead, focus on what you can. Life comes with seasons. What is impossible now will be possible some other time.