Are you making time for YOU?
You hear it all the time. Maybe you are one of the people who says it.
“I don’t have time to eat healthy.”
“I don’t have time to exercise.”
“I don’t have time to (insert thing that is good for you or would make you happy).”
It probably isn’t true. We have time for the things that we want to do when we MAKE time for them. It might involve a little planning, but you can probably find the time. It’s harder for some than others (ER doctor working 72 hour shifts, a single parent with a full-time job, etc), but there are ways to make it happen.
Here are some ways to make time for you:
- Plan ahead. Get a planner or a journal or an app on your phone so that you can schedule all of the things that must be done. Your work hours, appointments, taking your child to soccer, and anything else that must be done at a certain time goes in there. Once you have done that, it is easier to see where you might have blocks of time available to go to the gym or enjoy a massage.
- Plan your food, too. If you buy your groceries with a meal plan in mind, it’s easier to avoid random eating of junk. If you have your meals planned (and prepped when possible), you are less likely to stop at the fast food restaurant. Keep fruit in the house at all times. It isn’t any more time consuming to eat a banana than a bag of chips.
- Multi-task. While studies show that multi-tasking while working is something to be avoided, multi-tasking at home can be helpful. You don’t have to give up your favorite show, but you could exercise or meal-prep or get other household tasks done at the same time. If you have been wanting to read more, you could try listening to audiobooks while walking the dog or commuting to work.
- Get help if you can. If you can afford to hire someone to take some work off your plate, do it. Even if it’s just hiring a local teen as a mother’s helper to play with your kids for a few hours so you can do something else, the money will be well spent. If you are running a business, hire a virtual assistant to take care of some of the nuisance tasks that take up too much time. Contract with a cleaning service to clean your house once or twice a month.
- Get enough sleep. Sounds like a weird way to do more, doesn’t it? But getting your 8 hours every night can make you feel more energetic during the day. You’ll be less likely to find yourself sitting on the couch zoning out with your phone.
Taking care of yourself is important! I’d love to hear how these ideas work for you.