We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet you often hear people say they don’t have enough time – especially when it comes to self-care. Everyday life is full of activities including eight or more hours of work, child care, school, church, community activities and more. Plus, you still need to balance your relationships too.
It may seem impossible to take care of yourself while taking care of a family and keeping up with the house, or while running a business, or working a job, but there is a way to solve this through scheduling and calendaring.
Start adding self-care to your calendar and if you are not someone who usually uses a planner or calendar start now. Your health and happiness depend on it. Plus, you’ll seriously be shocked at how much more freedom you have when you do schedule everything.
Every day, or at the beginning of each week, sit down and find areas that you can fill in your calendar with some self-care activities. If you can put those things on your calendar first after your required work schedule, you’ll become even more successful at meeting your self-care goals.
Try to schedule these as early in the day as possible. Schedule everything even if it feels silly. This can include phone calls with your family and friends, a bath, or even a short nap. Once you have it scheduled stick to it and make it just as important as the rest of your tasks.
You are just as important as anything else in your life. Your overall health affects everything that happens in your daily life.
Neglecting self-care can cause horrible moods, depression, and even affect your work in a negative way. In other words, self-care is just as important as work and your family.
Adding these activities to your calendar avoids the repeated and all too familiar excuse of not having enough time or saying, “I’ll just do it later.” There is no pushing something under the rug when it’s on your calendar and the time is blocked out. You already took the time out to make time so there really is no excuse. Your work or family don’t need more of your time; you need it.
Make sure you schedule enough time for each activity, so you can fully enjoy it. Don’t rush these activities or you will quickly turn something that is supposed to release stress, into something stressful.
If you only have a certain amount of time choose your self-care interests wisely. If you only have ten minutes to spare, do something that takes ten minutes and stick to it.
It may seem hard or a little silly at first to do this but over time it will become second nature. You will experience so many benefits that skipping your self-care will seem insane and unnatural.
Self-care is just as, if not more, important than your work and family because it determines exactly how each day will develop including 50 years from now.