5 Simple Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Busy Schedule

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Where do you fit into your day?



If you're like most people, you're pretty busy. You have to deal with work, your relationship, raising kids, running the household, and a whole lot of day-to-day tasks. You’re being pulled in every direction at once, so how in the hell are you supposed to fit self-care into a day like that? It’s an exhausting cycle and it can lead to emotional overwhelm.


Thankfully, it's easier than you think to take a mental health break to reset yourself during a busy day. Try these five ways to add quick, but effective daily self-care techniques.



Ask Some Important Questions

Self-care isn't always about over-indulging yourself. At its core, self-care is simply another component of self-love, self-respect, self-esteem, and is more practical than you might think. You start by asking yourself what you need right now, what will keep you balanced, and your soul peaceful. Meeting these basic needs should be at the center of your self-care practice.


Map it Out

Self-care is never going to just happen. Unless you are intentional, you will never make time for it. Use your calendar to schedule time for yourself, it should be included in your daily routine, just the same as your work schedule is. You are more likely to succeed in meeting your basic needs this way. Start small by building in the habits that will help you the most. You can begin by adding in regular exercise times several days a week, or maybe you can make yourself a meal plan to help you eat healthier. Each time you achieve one goal, add in another. The key is not to overwhelm yourself all at once.


Figure Out What Comes First

How are you when it comes to priorities? Are you able to make decisions and get things started, or is just deciding where to begin difficult for you? Here you need to figure out the difference between things that are important and those that are urgent. If something is important and not urgent, you can add it to your schedule. If something is urgent and not important, give it to someone else to do. But if something is urgent and important, do this first.



Learn to Say “No”

You should never feel like you have to say “yes” to everything. Sometimes the best form of self-care is learning how to say “no.” By setting solid boundaries, you protect yourself from activities which will only leave you drained and give you no benefit at all. Let your no be firm you don’t need to explain why!


Do the Small Stuff

We think the little things don't matter, but they do. By ensuring you take care of the basics such as making sure you get enough sleep, practicing good hygiene, eating right, and exercising, you will keep your body in tiptop form. These things also have a solid impact on your mental health and can alleviate some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.


When we get busy, we tend to forget all of these things so easily. When you're trying to take care of yourself, you have to be intentional in what you do. Adding these 5 techniques will go a long way toward keeping you healthy and happy no matter how busy you get.



 

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About The Author


Angela M Mitchell is a Certified Master Life & Personal Development Coach, a mental health advocate, founder of Back To Her, and a Co-Author in the international best-selling collaborative masterpiece The Image in The Mirror. She assists women entrepreneurs who are experiencing emotional overwhelm to acknowledge their struggles, change the narrative, and rewrite their life stories so that they can become deliberate, not desperate creators of their life's story.