We all hear it! Everyone says they don’t have enough time to do anything for themselves. In fact, one hour is only 4% of your day! Surely you can find 4% of your day to do something for yourself.
One of the best ways to find more time for self-care is to establish better, healthier habits and routines. In our busy lives, sometimes scheduling self-care and routine is the only way we’ll get it done!
With the back-to-school season in full swing, here are some tips to start establishing healthy, self-care routines for you and your family:
Know your non-negotiables
On days when you just can’t get everything done, you can still get a sense of accomplishment when you’ve crossed off your non-negotiables. Non-negotiables are things that no matter what, you will do every day. For some it’s their morning cup of coffee while watching the morning news, some need to do yoga or exercises every day, others need to do their breakfast and lunch prep for the next day.
Make a list of a couple of items (stick to maybe 3-4) that nothing else will take precedence over. That way at the end of the day if you were to get NOTHING else done, you’ve at least done something you can be proud of.
Plan your meals
There are so many benefits when you plan your meals at least a few days in advance. Not only can you optimize your shopping budget but you also (generally) choose healthier meals, save money by eating out less, and you can plan your meals around how much time you realistically have for meal prep (you’re not going to cook big Thanksgiving-style dinner when the kids have soccer, gymnastics, after school.
Try to plan your meals for the entire week and go shopping once to get all your ingredients. Perhaps you could buy a bigger, cheaper pack of chicken and use it for 2 meals. When you’re eating better, it affects your mood, stress levels, and could give you more time in your day to do something else or to minimize rushing from one thing to the next.
Your morning sets the tone for the whole day. Why not start the day off in a more calming way by doing something you enjoy. Many people like to journal, exercise (if you like exercise), meditate, read a few pages of a book first thing in the morning before the world wakes up. Distractions are generally less (or non-existent) first thing in the morning.
Make a list of 2-3 things you’d like to add to your daily morning routine. Be sure these are things that you enjoy doing so they don’t feel like a chore. You’re more likely to get out of bed to do something fun, than something that feels like work.
September is a great time to reinforce routines and schedules or create new ones. Don’t wait for your New Years’ resolutions to make your health and well-being a priority. Start establishing routine and self-care time now and you’ll be on your way to living a less rushed, less stressful life.
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