When it comes to practicing self-care, the people who need it the most are the ones who are going, going, going 24/7. It might be the mom of 3 or it might be the girl down the street who is married to her job. Whether you have a habit of getting lost in your workload every day or can’t seem to clock out of work once you’ve left the building, it can start to have a negative impact on your life and your health. Here are 10 self-care ideas for the busy people who struggle to find time for themselves.
Make sleep a priority
It can be easy to spend hours binging on Netflix without noticing the time, but the same can happen when you’re working! Set an alarm to make sure you get up from your work and go to bed on time each night.
Listen to your body
Our bodies are great messengers when it comes to letting us know exactly what we’re lacking. Listen to your body and use it as a guide to let you know what you need. This goes hand in hand with sleep. If we don’t listen to our bodies, we end up sick, and that helps absolutely no one.
Restrict your work hours
Working every hour of the day just isn’t plausible. Scheduling your work hours within a set period of time will keep you from getting overworked, and take care of yourself after you’ve left the office.
Make time for “me” time
Take a bubble bath, read a book, or watch too much of your favorite show. Whatever your favorite thing to do is, make sure you schedule time for yourself in your busy work week to avoid burnout.
Unplug every night
A few hours before bed each night, make it a habit to turn off your cell phone and all your other devices. This will not only help you sleep better but keep you from working too late.
Take your lunch break
It can be easy to just skip lunch and work straight through it. Take the hour or whatever amount of time you have and sit down and enjoy your lunch. This will give your mind a much-needed break, and you won’t have to shovel food into your mouth while trying to work.
Learn to say no to things that will keep you working late every night and consistently overwork yourself. It’s okay to work on big projects from time to time, but they shouldn’t consume your life for extended periods of time.
This is especially important if you work at a desk! If you can, try and get a work-out in before work a few days a week. If that’s not possible, try and get up and move around throughout the day, even if it’s only a walk to the mailbox. This will not only get the blood flowing again but also make sure that you are stretching your muscles.
Spend time outdoors
If you are hard pressed for time, this could even be something as small as eating your lunch outside! Find just 10 minutes each day to get outside and take a break from the inside of your home or workplace for a short while. Go on a walk. Sit on your back deck with your morning coffee.
Use your vacation days
It can be tempting to say that you don’t have time or money for a vacation, but even if you don’t go anywhere, use up those vacation days! If you work at a corporate job or a place that offers paid vacation you are literally working for free some days if you don’t take them. Read a book. Binge watch a show. SLEEP! It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it isn’t at work.
Being busy doesn’t mean you can’t spend a little time taking care of yourself. Remember to take a break from your crazy life from time to time, and give yourself some much-needed self-care.