Aug 092016

How To Incorporate Self-Care Into A Busy Schedule
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Self-care is extremely important for our minds, bodies, and emotional well-being. But what do you do when your schedule seems too busy to incorporate time for yourself?

Many people ask themselves that same question every day, and the answer is, you have to do what works for you. There are many ways to carve out a small chunk of time from your schedule for moments that are just for you, but first you have to decide what your needs are. If you’re overly stressed about work, perhaps you should consider how much time you spend at home answering work-related emails or just thinking about what your responsibilities are the next day. If your overall health has declined recently, you may need to find ways to get in a little exercise each day. Once you figure out what your life is lacking (or has too much of), you can start down the road to feeling better.

Here are some of the best ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine.

Do something that makes you happy

All too often, we start to lose bits of ourselves after years of being busy with work, kids, school, and relationships. It’s easy to forget about an old favorite song full of nostalgia, or how much you loved dancing when you were younger. Break out that old CD and pop it on in the morning while you’re getting ready for work. Dance around! Start your morning off with something that makes you happy, and it will follow you throughout the day.

Go for a brief swim

Swimming is a great way to combine family time and workout time.Take the kids to the pool, and get in some laps while they’re playing. Swimming is a great way to burn calories and is great for your heart health.

Don’t be afraid to say no

Once you’ve decided on a plan of action, don’t hesitate to make yourself a priority when others come calling. It might mean you have to decline an invitation to go out, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Be firm

Once you’ve decided on a way to practice self-care, be firm about it, both with yourself and with others. If you’re going to stop working through your lunch break and begin reading a book while you eat outside, stick to it. Don’t let others guilt you into taking this time away from yourself. You deserve it!

Incorporating self-care into your daily routine doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, if it’s stressful, that sort of defeats the purpose! Don’t feel pressured to spend a certain amount of time every day doing something you love. The point is to find small ways to make your days better, no matter how busy you are.

Post by Paige Johnson: Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast, avid cyclist, and loves exploring hiking trails with her dogs. She enjoys writing about health and fitness for