When I ask clients what they want more of in their lives they often say 'Time'. In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. With work, family, and other obligations, it can be challenging to find time for ourselves. However, taking time for ourselves is crucial for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Here's how to do it:
1. Schedule It
One of the easiest ways to make time for yourself is to schedule it. Just as you would schedule a meeting or an appointment, schedule time for yourself in your calendar. This could be anything from 15 minutes to an hour or more. By making it a priority and setting aside time for yourself, you're more likely to follow through.
Another essential step in taking time for yourself is to prioritise your activities. Evaluate your daily routine and identify the tasks that are essential and those that are not. For instance, spending an hour scrolling through social media is not as important as taking a 30-minute walk or reading a book that you've been meaning to get to. Prioritising your activities will help you focus on what's important and find time for yourself.
3. Start Small
If you're feeling overwhelmed with your schedule, start small. Begin by taking five minutes for yourself each day and
gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable. You can use this time to meditate, journal, or simply sit in silence. Starting small will make it easier to incorporate this new habit into your daily routine. You might want to combine a new habit with something you already have in your routine like saying an affirmation while drinking your morning cup of coffee.
4. Learn to Say No
Sometimes, the reason we don't have time for ourselves is that we give our time to too many things or people. Learning to say no can be hard at first, but it's essential to create clear boundaries for yourself and protect your time. Saying no doesn't mean that you're selfish or unhelpful; it simply means that you're prioritising your needs and boundaries.
In today's digital age, it's easy to be constantly bombarded with notifications on our phones and devices. However, this can be detrimental to our mental health and well-being. Taking a break from technology can be an excellent way to recharge and refocus. Consider a digital detox for at least an hour or more each day to connect with yourself and your surroundings. This works best first thing in the morning or before bed.
Taking time for yourself is crucial for your overall well-being. By scheduling it, prioritising your activities, starting small, learning to say no, and unplugging, you can create a healthy balance between your obligations and your needs. You deserve it!