One of the most popular posts on Put The Kettle On is an overview of 9 Self Care Ideas to Look After You. I think we all know how we’d like to give ourselves care and most of us would agree that taking a long bubble bath, sleeping in or reading a good book are just a few ways to rejuvenate, but how on earth do we find the time?
Finding time for self care is just as important as the act of self care. We want to make time, but also make time on a consistent basis – to keep our bodies, minds and souls happy.
If you are anything like me – we know that we need self care, but we aren’t allowing ourselves to find the time for self care.
The problem… we are too busy worrying about everyone else around us.Finding time for self care is just as important as the act of self care. #balance #selfcare #selflove Click To Tweet
Most of us realize that we can’t pour from an empty glass, so learning to dedicate time to you is the first step in your quest to find balance and maintain your sanity!
Now that we agree that we must dedicate time, let’s figure out how!
3 Tips to Create Time for Self Care:
1. Time Blocking.
I recently wrote a post on time blocking to get more done in your day. Time blocking can be used for chores or tasks, but it can also be repurposed to look after yourself too!
- Get out your timer and set it for 30 minutes.
- Use this 30 minutes to do something you don’t normally allow yourself to do. Have a glass of wine in the bath, go for a walk on your own, or sit outside with a good book.
- Make a habit of this 30 minute self care act 3 times this week. In fact, block off 30 minutes in your calendar and do not cancel!
If you think you can allocate more than 30 minutes, even better. Start with 45 minutes or an hour.
Tip: Make sure you know exactly how you will spend this time and be ready with what you need before you press start on that timer. Afterall you want all of the time dedicated to the enjoyable stuff, not you looking for a book or looking for the bath bombs you received for your birthday.
2. Take Non-Essentials Off Your To-Do List.
If you just read the above and thought – oh, this sounds great, but I don’t even have 30 minutes in my day. This means you need to say bu-bye to those non-essential items that creep onto your to-do list.
- Do you have items/chores you can give to someone else?
- What to-do’s have you committed to that you want to say no to?
- Are there standing events you have in your calendar that you don’t love?
The task here is to identify what you can get off your plate and to also remove things that don’t bring you joy.Need more you time? Identify what you can get off your plate and also get rid of things that don’t bring you joy. #balance #selfcare #selflove Click To Tweet
On a personal note, I’ve always made a point to be there to help my friends and family when they need me, but I’ve realized that being more mindful to what I commit to allows me to also be there for myself.
Again, you can only give so much, especially if you are not practising self care.
3. Create a ‘ME Day’ (or evening).
Doesn’t this sound great?! A number of hours dedicated to you doing exactly what you love and what you need.
My advice on how to make this happen… Sign up for something.
It could be a dance class, yoga, an art or calligraphy class. It doesn’t matter WHAT you sign up to, but that you sign up… and that it takes place once a week.
Let’s say you have a dance class on Thursday nights; you can then add on a coffee with a friend after class, or arrange a long walk to your class to get some good quality me time in beforehand.
When you sign up for a weekly program it allows you to commit to something you love for yourself and also be around likeminded people.
This simple practice can open the doors to explore new hobbies and get you excited about life in new ways.
If there is something you’ve been thinking about trying – just do it! I promise you won’t regret it.
In our fast-paced, multi-hat wearing lives, providing self care goes to the bottom of the list for many. We know we need it, we’ll feel happier and live a more balanced life due to regular self care – yet we don’t allow ourselves to experience a consistent self care routine.
If you agree with the above, get rid of the guilt, find time on your calendar and start to look after you.We all need to make time for self care, so... get rid of the guilt, find time on your calendar and start to look after you. #balance #selfcare #selflove Click To Tweet
Now, I’d love to know from you… Do you manage to find time for self care? If yes, how often and if no, how do you plan to make time?
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