Self-care is important. You probably already know this. It’s hard to be your best at home and at work when you’re neglecting your own needs.
That doesn’t mean that finding time for self-care is easy. Surveys indicate people tend to have very busy lifestyles these days. Making room for yourself when you have a seemingly endless to-do list can easily seem like a challenge.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to. Even the busiest people can still find time for self-care. If you’re struggling to balance a busy schedule while also looking for opportunities to relax, keep the following tips in mind.
Combine Self-Care Opportunities
Many different activities count as self-care. For instance, exercise is important, boosting not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. However, it’s also important to socialize. Spending time with friends and family is another crucial way to strengthen your overall wellness.
Finding time for both can be tough. That’s why you might not even want to try. Instead, consider combining the two. Perhaps you and a friend commit to working out together a few times a week. This gives you the chance to enjoy two self-care activities at once.
Use Your Busy Time Wisely
If you’re reading this blog entry, odds are you have a lot of weekly obligations. There will be times in your life when you can’t get away from your responsibilities. That said, you can still use some of these times to prioritize self-care.
Perhaps you have a daily commute, or you prep meals for your family on a regular basis. Using this time to listen to an interesting podcast or audiobook is a smart way to take care of yourself without neglecting your other obligations. After all, studies show that learning new things keeps the brain healthy.
Turn Lunch Break Into a Self-Care Break
Even if you have a job with long hours, you’re almost certainly allotted some time every day for lunch breaks. This is another opportunity to make self-care a priority. Instead of simply eating your lunch at a cubicle, try finding a park and make your meal a picnic. Research indicates that spending time in green spaces has a positive impact on your mood.
Don’t worry if there aren’t any green spaces in the immediate vicinity of your office. Researchers have also found that simply looking at pictures of natural settings can also boost your mood. Although spending time in a park is ideal, if you don’t have that option, scrolling through photos of gorgeous forests or tropical paradises during your lunch break is a perfectly fine substitute.
Most importantly, make sure you’re not taking on more tasks than necessary. Some people (particularly if they are parents) feel the need to take care of everyone in their life, at the expense of their own wellness. This isn’t good for anyone in the long run. By following these tips and being willing to ask for help, you’ll find that making room for self-care is definitely possible, even if you have a busy life.