It is far too easy to get tangled in the never-ending cycle of work or school and family life. As a CEO, mother and wife I know exactly how busy and hectic life can get. I’ve sacrificed sleep and meals just to get a project done. I catch myself looking back at the end of the day and wondering how I even got through my day without the basic fuel that I need.
We tend to neglect our own self-care and well-being in order to feel productive and try to get as much done as humanly possible throughout the day.
Recently, it dawned on me that in order to avoid the feeling of being burnt-out–it’s crucial to take time for yourself. Your mind and body deserve a break, and you’re the only person who can provide it.
By realizing that only you are in control of your health and well-being, it’s important to take little steps every day to give yourself time to re-charge so that you can be the best version of yourself. By taking a small chunk of time out of the day for myself I’ve realized how much more productive and focused I can be.
I used to work through my lunch break because I fell into the trap of thinking that I should always be doing something work-related. Now, I spend my lunch break enjoying my meal and doing some form of guided meditation or yoga to unwind and rejuvenate myself for the rest of the afternoon.
I’ve made it my mission to help my patients find ways to take time for themselves throughout the day because it is absolutely essential in order to unleash your healing abilities. Stress, lack of sleep and poor nutrition are all factors in slowing down your healing process. So, I’m here to give you some tips on how to take time and take care of yourself.
- Block out a certain period of time for “me-time”. Whether it’s during your lunch break, or when you come home from work/school, just keep a consistent schedule on when you have me-time every day. In result, this will give you something to look forward to every day and you are guaranteed to take the time and de-stress and reset your mind.
- Leave your work at work. Try to focus on spending your days off doing at least one thing you love and not being attached to your computer to finish up work stuff over the weekend. Spend uninterrupted time with family and friends without your phone to avoid any distractions.
- Try guided meditation, exercise or yoga a couple of times a week as a way to relax and de-stress your mind. You can access a great guided meditation track that I made for my patients here. I’m also hosting a Medi-Yoga class in my clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Do your best to get outside every day. Being cooped up in an office or house can contribute to the feeling of being stuck in a rut. Getting outside even for a few minutes every day to get some fresh air is a great thing for your well-being.
- List all of your worries and stresses on a physical piece of paper. A lot of times, our brains build things up and cause us to be stressed and overwhelmed. By listing out your worries, you are de-cluttering your mind and it’s easier to see that you might not have as much to be overwhelmed by as you think.
- Delegate your tasks. It’s very easy to take on a lot of responsibility and then feel like you have a ton to do every day. It’s okay to ask for assistance with small, tedious tasks. This will help you maintain your sanity and focus on things that actually matter.
- Practice gratitude. Start your day off by either listing or verbally saying three things you are thankful for. Do the same thing before you go to bed every night. Getting caught up in the small stresses of everyday life is inevitable. But if you take the time every single day to find a few things you are grateful for, you will develop a much more positive attitude.