Do you ever feel pressure to make sure you take care of yourself? Yeah, I know. Self-care is a big subject in the blogging world right now, and it has been for a while now. But how are you supposed to do yoga, go for a run and meditate if you also have a three page long to-do list, have no time to eat and really need to drive your car to the dealership today?
Self-care isn’t always practical, but in my opinion, it is essential. Here are a few ways you can easily work it into your busy schedule.
Why is self-care important?
Self-care comes in lots of forms, it doesn’t always have to be yoga or meditation. The point is to find what works for you, so you can lower your chance of feeling overwhelmed and potentially causing a burnout.
Integrate self-care in stuff you already do
If you’re only going to read one part of this blog post, read this! We don’t want to add things to our to-do list by adding self-care to our routine, that will only make us more stressed out. I like jotting down a motivational quote (sorry, I’m a sucker for those) at the top of my to-do list. Or blast music when I go for a short run, instead of worrying about all the things I’m not getting done today.
Sometimes I have in my head: tonight I’m going to do a face mask while watching an episode of whatever on Netflix. And then it just never happens. I keep working on my to do list, and before I know it’s 9:30 and all I want to do is go to bed.
But if I set a reminder for myself in Google Calendar, it pops up on my screen a couple of times a day and I’m much more likely to do the face mask (or whatever self-care related thing I’m doing that day).
I also ask others to remind me sometimes. My boyfriend regularly asks me how my run went and I have a lovely friend who always buys me face masks and scrubs for my birthday.
Being mindful throughout the day
Mindfulness is a big buzzword, but it can be as simple as focusing on what you’re doing while you’re doing it. Giving something your undivided attention while you’re doing it makes you complete the task sooner and (usually) enjoy it more.
I’m not just talking about work. When was the last time you sat down to have a meal without your phone, laptop or something to read on the side? It’s probably been a while. And for some of us, it now even feels awkward to be alone with our thoughts.
Focus on one thing at a time and enjoying the time you have with yourself totally counts as self-care, and can make your head feel a lot less crowded.
Use the empty space in your day
We all have gaps in our day. It might be the commute to and from work or the time between classes. Think about it: would you rather spend that time scrolling Twitter and reading news articles that spark annoyance (and maybe even sadness) or clearing your mind, reading a book or maybe even meditating.
The former will make you feel annoyed and it might even put you in a bad mood. The latter will make you feel more rested and you will start treasuring the time gaps in your day.
Realize that you are a priority
If you feel like self-care shouldn’t be a priority, what you’re really saying is: ”I’m not a priority.” And you should be.
Even when your to-do list is a hundred miles long and you have responsibilities, you need to make time to take care of yourself. If anything, those busy days are especially important to practice self-care.
What do I do now?
Reading up about self-care on the internet is easy, but actually practicing it can be hard. Ask yourself this: what can I do today to take care of myself?
Let me know in the comments!
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