A few weeks ago I posted about self-care and did a 7 day self-care challenge. But over the last couple of weeks I have not been taking my own advice and not following through with my self-care. My life at the moment is very busy and I just feel like I can’t balance self care and my never ending list of to-do’s. This is one of the most difficult challenges a lot of people face with self-care. When you live a busy lifestyle, it seems almost impossible to find extra time to look after yourself.
So, how can we balance practicing self-care with our busy lifestyles? Here, are some great tips which I have found help me.
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Schedule it in
A good tip you can follow to ensure you can fit self-care into your busy routine, is to schedule it in. Think about it, you schedule in everything else, so why not self-care? When you set a time to focus on yourself, you are much more likely to stick to it. No matter how busy you think you are, there will always be time for self-care somewhere in your schedule.
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Establish a morning routine to balance self care
If you are struggling to find the best time of day to practice self-care, you might find it easier in the morning. If you’re a busy parent like me, you might disagree here but think about it. In the morning, you could get up just 30 minutes earlier, or 15 minutes if you want, I have found I can manage 15 minutes. This can be the perfect opportunity to practice self-care.
Alternatively, if you are a parent and find mornings are too hectic, especially if you have kids of school age, you could focus on self-care in the evenings when the kids have gone to bed. It doesn’t take long to practice self-care so you should always be able to squeeze it in somewhere. I take 5 minutes before bed each night to listen to some meditation and wind down as I have found it impossible to do the meditation in the morning as my kids usually manage to wake up half way through. So I journal in the morning and meditate at night.
Look at automating daily tasks
There are all kinds of tools and gadgets that can automate various aspects of our lives. If you are constantly busy, you’ll find automating certain tasks can be a game changer.
For example, you could switch from going to the grocery store, to ordering groceries online. If you have items you frequently purchase, these can be added to your favourites list, making it easier to add them to your order next time. Doing your grocery shopping online can free up a lot of free time during the week that can be used on self-care.
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Start small to balance self care
You don’t have to start by completely overhauling your lifestyle. Instead, you can start small with self-care. Begin by taking just 10 minutes out of each day to focus on a self-care activity. Focus on developing one positive self-care habit at a time. Once you have mastered that, you can move on to the next task.
How do you manage your self-care routine? Comment below.