We live in a fast paced world. A world that seemingly moves faster than life itself. Everything is instant nowadays: food, information, transportation, dating, everything. In this day and age you don’t even have to leave your bedroom to become a millionaire, that’s what we call “self-made”. But, that’s a topic for another time.
You can’t properly take care of anything or anyone in life until you learn hot to properly take care of yourself.
In this era where everything is moving faster than the speed of light, people are always busy. I swear, every where I go: work, church, home, even at the beach, if I see someone I know one of the first things they mention in conversation is how busy they are, or how tired they are.
Busyness has officially become a state of being, an emotion all by itself.
I almost feel like if someone asks how I feeling my automatic response should be, “busy!”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that its a bad thing to be busy because for most of us (I hope) the reason we are busy is because we are doing the things we love. Whether its running a business, blogging, working your dream job, or being the best stay at home parent we can be, the fact of the matter is that there is a lot to be done.
However, now that that’s out of the way, what I will say is that if life is so busy that you have no time for yourself, then you should probably reevaluate what you have on your daily schedule.
Comment down below if you want me to do a separate blog on ways to properly organise your schedule.
Everything in your personal life will suffer if you don’t learn how to take care of yourself. I know, pretty dramatic but I’ve observed this to be true not only in my life but in the lives of people closest to me. Stress, lack of focus, burnout and loss of passion are just a few side effects.
So, based on what I’ve learned here are a few quick tips you can use to increase your daily self-care.
1. Alone Time
Just like you would spend quality time with a partner, God, or best-friend its equally important to spend quality time with yourself. This doesn’t have to mean a solo stay-cation to a beach destination or even dinner for one at the fancy new restaurant down town. It can be as simple as scheduling 30 mins into the day where you can watch your favourite show on Netflix/TV, paint your nails, read a chapter or two of your favourite book, or whatever you enjoy doing – the possibilities are endless.
The trick to making this actually work is to write in in your schedule so the time is already set aside and you’re not going through the entire day hoping to “catch a moment alone”.
Comment down below what your idea of alone time looks like.
2. Eat Food!
Honestly, I’m tired of hearing my friends tell me “I forgot to eat” – my best friend does this a lot. It would be 5 o’clock in the afternoon and she’d be like “I need to find something to eat, I haven’t eaten anything all day.” -Insert Screw Face Here – You can’t possibly expect to go throughout the entire day, with as busy a schedule as you have, doing God knows how many tasks without the proper nutrients to give you the energy to complete those tasks. I mean, do you try driving around without gas in your car? No? Well eat some food (breakfast – the most important meal of the day, lunch and dinner). Comment down below if you would like me to do a post on quick and healthy breakfast meals on the go.
3. Practice Meditation
I only recently started doing this one. At first it is pretty difficult, and I’m still trying to get the hang of it myself. When you’re first starting out you can try for 10 minutes – close your eyes and clear your mind of everything and just be. It sounds impossible but it’s really not. When you get the hang of it you’ll realise that after those ten minutes you start feeling like you just took an 2 hour nap in the middle of the day. It really helps to refocus your mind and help you feel refreshed.
For those of you, like myself who can’t function without at least 7 hours of sleep a night, it will probably shock you to know that there are persons who only get about 4 hours on average. Crazy, I know. But, the body needs sleep in order to fully restore all the energy that was used up the day before in order to prepare the brain, muscles and other bodily parts for the long list of tasks you have set out to accomplish the next day. So, stop scrolling on instagram, get off of Facebook, turn out the lights and let your head hit that pillow.
Stop playing, we don’t use curse words on this blog! But no really, exercise is a great medium for releasing stress and increasing endorphins which make us feel happy. 15 minutes a day is all you need to start out with. Jog, walk, swim, hey do some jumping jacks, anything you can do to get that heart rate up and your blood pumping.
I know, this is all easier said than done, but anything worth doing usually takes a little practice to get it right.
Happy Living Chroniclers. Love you guys ❤ ❤ ❤ .