Self-care is an important aspect of daily life. But sometimes the demands of work, kids and school can leave little time to take care of yourself. However, it’s important to remember that you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first. Also, neglecting self-care for too long can have vast repercussions on your overall health and wellbeing. September is Self-improvement Month and I want to help you be the best version of yourself. Today, we are going to discuss five ways to sneak self-care in to your busy schedule.
First, wake up an hour early to live an hour more. Get up and go for a sunrise walk, or go to the gym and life some weights. I understand it’s difficult to get up an hour earlier when you’re exhausted and over worked. But starting your day off with some fresh air and a little bit of exercise will get you started on the right foot.
Second, schedule in me-time. Set aside a half an hour in between meetings to do some meditation. Meditating can help put your mind at ease, rid you of anxiety and increase your body awareness. Or just do some breathing exercises at your desk.
Third, sign up for a class of some sort such as yoga or Pilates. It will get your blood flowing and relax you. If exercise isn’t your thing sign up for an art class. Or, pick up some colored pencils and an adult coloring book. Art is very therapeutic.
Fourth, treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure or a massage. While you’re there turn off your phone, don’t let it distract you or let yourself get caught up in the stresses of the day.
Fifth, unwind with a bubble bath. You need to bathe anyways, so why not relax a bit. Grab some candles and put some Epsom salts in the tub. This will help your muscles relax and allow you to get a good night’s sleep.
It’s important to understand that self-care isn’t selfish. You need to take time for yourself each and every day in order to be a good mother, wife and caregiver.
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