Making Time for Self-Care
You probably have heard a lot about the term self-care, and I want you to make this apart of your lifestyle. Whether you have already integrated self-care into your life or if you haven’t done so just yet, read to find out the benefits of taking care of yourself.
What is it?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, self-care is described as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.” Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately that is helping us improve our physical, emotional and mental health. I’m here to tell you that everyone can benefit from taking time for yourself, so that you can be the best version of yourself.
Whatever your day-to-day schedule consists of, we are all busy and are juggling a lot. Scheduling the time for you and only you is extremely beneficial. You might be thinking this may sound like something you can’t fit into your schedule or it may sound like a selfish thing to do, it isn’t. Once you have that time to recharge, you are a better person and the other people in your life will thank you.
We are all different and require different amounts of self-care. While some people may need a daily dose, others may need time on a weekly basis. Evaluate yourself and your needs to determine how much self-care is right for you. You can start by carving out 30 minutes on a weekly basis doing something just for you. Is it reading for 30 minutes? Treating yourself to pedicure? Exercising? Spending time with friends? Whatever it might be to recharge, find time to do so.
I tend to fit in my self-care on the weekends. Life is a bit more relaxed on the weekends, so I carve out time for myself. This often includes time to read, getting a pedicure and sometimes it’s as simple as getting more sleep. When life gets busy, I tend to sleep less. I’ve noticed that I am a much more productive and nicer human being when I fit in self-care. During the week, if I feel that I needing some time to recharge, I start my day earlier than normal or find time once my kids have gone to sleep.
I’ll be the first to say, that the laundry can wait, and it’s time to make yourself a priority. Leave me a note in the comments, what is your version of self care?