Self Care 101 for Busy People

We all know that self-care is important. But if you're busy, it becomes very easy to let the simple, yet essential things slip to the wayside. Whether it’s not eating healthily or neglecting relationships for a job, it happens to the best of us. But we have some recommendations on how to hack even a busy schedule.

You really want to flex your self-care muscles because you'll actually get more done. Why? Because when you neglect self-care, it actually leads to better health and more productivity. Taking the time to take care of yourself can boost your energy, improve your confidence and mood and make you feel better in nearly every way.

Here are some of the things that people neglect when it comes to self-care

  • Eating properly
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Drinking water
  • Personal relationships
  • Physical health
  • Your spirituality
  • Finances

While all of these factors may not apply to you, you could certainly improve in some areas for a more well-rounded lifestyle. One thing to keep in mind is that as you make changes to something, you may discover that it is easier to fix another thing as well. Because you are starting to see improvements and want to continue with that!

These simple tips will work with most busy schedules. Get creative and see how they will fit with yours!

Drink water - We all should drink 6 to 8, 8 ounce glasses of water each day. But that's not all, for your body to absorb this water best you actually want to space it out. Don't drink the water all at once, about 8 ounces every hour or so is ideal.

Tip: Get a re-usable water bottle or cup to use at work or during the day. Set the goal to fill it up with 8 ounces of water about 6 times a day.

Eat healthy - There's always room to improve our eating habits. If you're constantly busy, you're probably eating a lot of processed foods. Look at your eating over the past 3 days, what needs to be changed? What healthier substitute can you find for the unhealthy stuff you're eating now?

Tip: Carry healthy, portable snacks like fresh fruit. Cook meals in batches - like grilled chicken, that you can eat for several meals throughout the week.

Sleep - Typically it is recommended that we get 8 hours of sleep. Some people may need less, some may even need more. The key is to wake up feeling re-energized and ready to take on the day. The productivity and overall pleasantness of your day is heavily dictated from a good night's sleep. Make good sleep a priority in your life.

Tip: Make your bedroom the ideal setting for sleep, soothing and comfortable. Turn off digital devices 1 hour (yes!) before you go to bed, there is science that shows looking at these screens (laptop, tablet, cell, etc.) actually winds up keeping a lot of people awake. Do something relaxing before bed like read a book or meditate.

Personal relationships - If you are busy, it is easy to say that you don't have time to see people. But in reality, you might just have to make a greater effort. If you are a new Mom, you have less time or a much different schedule for example. Now is the time to figure out when you could see the people you care about.

Our tip: Set the goal to get together with friends and family at least several times a week. Talk on the phone (not text!) for short periods of time too, sharing a funny joke or a story.

When you make the extra effort to take care of yourself, and indulge in the sweeter aspects of life, you're doing yourself tremendous favors. You prioritize your health and your happiness, and you give yourself more freedom to live your life.

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