Sometimes finding time for YOU feels impossible when your life is so busy. Perhaps, you have to go to work, clean the house, find time for the kids? Perhaps you have a business or side project that demands your attention 24/7? It seems like you just can’t get away in order to properly recharge your battery. You are headed towards burnout.
Finding time to spend carefree moments with you isn’t only important, but it’s essential to healthy living as well. If you are finding this to be difficult, we will provide a few simple ideas to help.
Here are four ways to sneak in an extra few minutes even to the busiest of schedules:
Write in a journal for five minutes before you go to bed
Five minutes doesn’t seem like a long time, especially right before you go to bed, right? In fact, you may even be thinking what’s five minutes going to do for you anyway? You would be surprised. An article on PsychCentral explains, “Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.” Even a simple five minutes can unlock the key to helping you spend a few minutes rationalizing your day and recharging your batteries.
Stop putting pressure on yourself to get it all done
There is a point in time when we must realize that everything you want and even need to get done just can’t get done. You may have to set something aside in order to take a few minutes for yourself. It will be hard to do, but life is all about compromises and when it comes to your psychological and spiritual well-being, there shouldn’t be much of a choice there. Maintaining one can be the key to maintaining the rest.
Take an extra long bath- most people won’t bug you there
Sounds silly, but why not? Why not use your bathing time to spend a little extra time with yourself. Light a candle and read a book for 20 minutes before you take your shower. After that, then you can crawl into bed and write your five minutes in your journal. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It’s only a half hour and well worth it too!
Ask your boss to let you off a couple hours early
A couple hours is nothing when you work 40-60 hour work weeks, but to you it is everything. Why not ask your boss to let you off a couple of hours early. Use that time for you. Go for a long walk, get some fresh air. Read a magazine. What you do doesn’t really matter as long as you are doing something for yourself and no one else.
Remember, just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t steal a few hours away to take care of your own health. In the end, it will be worth it to not experience the sad burnout many people face as a result of not recharging. Good luck and stay tough.
Articles of Interest: Self-Care: 6 Things That Will Happen When You Put Yourself First On Your List
5 Powerful Outcomes You Get From Journaling
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