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How to Reclaim Time For Self-Care
10 tips to help you take ownership of your relationship with time, and make time for yourself.
When you fill your own cup, you’ll have more joy to share with your loved ones.
But instead of taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically...
You’re bogged down with everyone else’s needs.
Your body hurts and your energy is depleted.
You know you’re headed for burnout, but you can’t seem to motivate yourself.
The people we care about will always have needs. There will always be something urgent pulling on our attention. And we still have to take care of ourselves. If not for us, for them. You’ve got to reclaim some time for yourself to recharge, or you’ll be no good to anyone.
WHEN YOU FILL YOUR OWN CUP AND CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE, YOU BECOME A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR LOVED ONES.
Here are 10 ways you can reclaim your time, but first you need to remember that you’re worthy of self-care.
Put a hand on your heart and say “I am worthy.” Then, pick a tip and try it out:
Know the higher purpose behind your choices. How does knowing your WHY open up more time in your life for self-care? Because you will spend less time on those things that are not aligned with your purpose. Your purpose will inspire your actions!
It’s not a TO-DO, it’s a GET TO DO! Make sure whatever you’re choosing for your self-care is fulfilling and joyful. How does shifting this mindset open up more time in your life for self-care? Because you will put the things you GET TO DO in a separate category from your list of TO-DOs, and you will identify as someone who gets to take care of themself, rather than a victim of stressful circumstances. The to-do list will still get accomplished, because you will have more energy when you feel joyful and fulfilled.
It doesn’t have to look a certain way. It is for you. Your self-care is not a performance! Claim it as yours, and not for anyone else. This is yet another way to shift your mindset. Shake off the capitalist, patriarchal beliefs that keep us small and toiling for others. Take up space, and take time for yourself, unapologetically!
Everything counts, no matter how long it is. When it comes to reclaiming time for self-care, sometimes shorter is better. If you bite off more than you can chew, you may get discouraged and give up. No effort is ever wasted, even a 15 second mindful exhale. Build the habit of self-care in the time you have. You can think of these micro-habits as stepping stones towards reclaiming more time for self-care. Right now, this is the time we have for self-care. It’s good enough!
Use technology. Use calendar 📆 alerts to remind you of your appointment with yourself. Until it becomes a habit, use whatever technology helps you reclaim time for self-care.
Be brutally honest with yourself about the time you have. Got 5 minutes? Do something for 5 minutes. It won’t always be this way, but for right now, it is. Do something that fits the time you have, label it self-care, and celebrate that you did something, despite your obstacles!
How does enlisting a friend help you reclaim more time in your life for self-care?
Try this if you’re a people pleaser! If you tell a friend your plan, and ask them to hold you accountable, you can hack into the people pleasing part of your your brain to motivate you to stick with your new self-care habit. Sad but true: We are more reluctant to let our friends down than ourselves.
When you decide on a plan, set yourself up ahead of time to reduce “friction,” then you are more likely to reinforce your new habit by taking action and feeling the benefits. How does making decisions in advance open up more time in your life for self-care? Decision making takes time and energy. In that extra step of thinking about it, you could return to an unhelpful habit or to indecision. Don’t sway from your plan.
How does celebrating open up more time in your life for self-care? It will reinforce the habit of finding small windows of time, and inspire you to look for and create more space. Celebration will inspire you to keep going!
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