Making time for self-care is one of the first things we give up when life gets hectic and our energy level is low. With all the attention we give to taking care of others, juggling tasks, meeting deadlines and being responsible, it’s no wonder we often feel there’s no space in our busy schedules left for us.
And, as we take on more and more, we begin to feel like our lives are unmanageable and overwhelmed by all of the constant demands that take up our precious energy.
You may think you don’t have the stamina for self-care but when you start to take care of yourself first, you’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have to take care of everything else.
Here are three quick tips to create the space you need for self-care:
- Silence – Spend just a few minutes sitting quietly reading or with you feet up yield untold benefits in reducing stress. Quiet reflection is an ESSENTIAL part of your self-care.
- Schedule space for You – When you get overly tired, stressed, frustrated and anxious, that’s a signal that you need to relax and rejuvenate. Make sure you allow an interval in your busy schedule to replenish so you’ll be able to handle whatever crops up.
- Resiliency – Resiliency means you are able to make adjustments and bounce back quickly when difficulties arise. One of the biggest causes of stress is rigid expectations for yourself and others. When you’re resilient, you’re like the tree that bends in the winds but you’re less likely to break.
These simple changes can make a huge impact on your well-being and your inner state of being. You may also want to take a look at situations in your outer life to see if changes need to be made that can help support your inner work. For example, you may decide to relinquish certain responsibilities that no longer serve you or that you no longer find enjoyable especially if it’s an energy drainer and time stealer.
Make time for self care in your busy schedule and you will experience a greater feeling of contentment, satisfaction and harmony.
Until next time…
Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care. To get tips, start living out loud with enthusiasm, energy, passion, and self-confidence now, get your FREE copy of Building Strong Boundaries to Create More Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life