In my last post, I encouraged you to take the time you need to take care of yourself. I realized, though, that it might be nice to have a little reminder to take with you! That’s why, at the end of this post, you’ll find a FREE download: a list of suggested ideas for self-care, and a permission slip to remind you to make self-care a priority.
You don’t need my permission; you have it within you. But sometimes it’s nice to be reminded.
You may be thinking, “Sure, Francoise, that sounds great. I’ll just pencil in the time on my calendar for regular self-care. Except, there isn’t any free time on my calendar!”
If that’s how you’re feeling, I can sympathize! We’ve all been there, when it seems like we’re stretched to our limits. So here are a few tips to help you find the time you thought you didn’t have. The goal here isn’t that you fill every minute of every day with something to do, but rather that you open yourself up to the possibility that you CAN take care of yourself and still meet your obligations. That you CAN make time for yourself, even when it seems like you shouldn’t. That you DO deserve to give yourself the time and space to breathe.
Tips to Find Time for Self-Care:
Start first thing
I don’t know about you, but the more exhausted I get this time of the year, the more likely I am to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock. The end result is that I’m often just lying there in bed, dreading the next round of beeping or music, for about 15 minutes a day. If you’re in a similar situation, try to give yourself those 15 minutes to do something really enjoyable and indulgent, like making a special breakfast or applying a skin-care mask. I bet you’ll look forward to getting up on the first alarm after that.
Get on your feet
Movement is energizing; it helps get the blood - and the creative juices - flowing. If you have a schedule that keeps you seated for most of your day, one simple change can make a big impact: stand up more often. If you work at a desk, get a standing desk or even just set your laptop on a stack of books to help get it to standing height. Or, work for 45 minutes and then stand up and stretch for 5. Take a lap around the office at lunch before you sit down to eat. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Though at first you may have to force yourself (begrudgingly) into this new routine, you’ll soon start to feel the positive effects, which will be all the motivation you need to keep going.
We all know that staring at a screen all day is bad for our health, but does that actually cause us to put down the phone, turn off the laptop or TV, or just unplug from technology in general? Probably not! It’s just so tempting to pick up that device when we’re bored. What if, instead, you picked up yarn and needles? You’d have a new pair of socks in no time, and your brain would have been able to use that time to sort through worries and ease away stress. It’s a win-win!
Want some more inspiration? Download this FREE checklist of quick and easy self-care tips, with a bonus permission slip to remind you to schedule them into your routine!
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