Life gets busy. Too busy, sometimes. In the craziness of getting things done, and taking care of our home and our families, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Self-care is an essential part of getting through each day.
Personally, I have been living with a chronic illness for much of my life. When I finally received a diagnosis three years ago, I realized that I need to take more time for myself. My diagnosis meant changing my life in many different ways including leaving the job that I loved so much. I learned that self-care is not selfish, but an essential part of my healing journey.
What can we do to make time for ourselves to get through each day? Below are a few steps that you can easily incorporate into your day.
Don’t Strive for Perfection
Life isn’t perfect and trying to live up to a standard of perfection is impossible. It’s easy to compare yourself to others especially with all of the images online that are so perfectly styled. The truth is that those photos are only a snapshot of one space and moment in time.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. My home is not always clean, and organized and it’s okay. Sometimes, especially when I’m not feeling my best, I need to let go of some things.
Take a Digital Break
We often spend a great deal of time on our devices each day especially, if we use a phone or a computer for our daily job. It’s important, though, to take a digital device break from the world outside.
I will frequently leave my phone in another room, so I’m not tempted to pick it up and check it throughout the day. When I’m spending time with others, I also make an intentional effort not to have my phone out. Having those face-to-face conversations is essential.
Learn to Say No
Life is busy enough without adding additional responsibilities to your plate. Learn to say no to things that don’t benefit your best self or the time that take you away from your family.
I’ve learned to be choosy about what things I will add to my daily life. It’s not easy to say no, but self-care does not include doing all of the things.
Take Some Me Time
Taking me time can be easier said than done some days. However, you need to schedule some me time during your day. It only has to be fifteen to twenty minutes. Just enough to get you through your day.
When my kiddos were younger, we would get them settled in after school with a snack and an activity, so I could take a little time to wind down from my day. Taking just a few minutes for myself made all of the difference in giving the best of myself to my family each evening.
Rest and Relax
Take some time to rest and relax when you need it. You can read a book, listen to music or a podcast, or take a nap. Whatever you decide to do, take the time that you need for yourself. Resting and relaxing helps you to be your best self.
I take some downtime each day; usually in the mid-afternoon when my energy starts to wane. Resting and relaxing gives me the jumpstart that I need to get through the remainder of my day.
Self-care is an essential part of getting through each day, and you need to make some time for it. With as busy as our daily lives can be, it’s important to take the time to take care of you.
Until next time,