Practicing self care is very important for both your mind and your body. I think this is something we all know. Why is it then, that we often forget to make time for ourselves? Parents especially, myself included, often say we are ‘too busy’ to make time for ourselves. Too busy for self care. I’ve been guilty of that over the last 8 years that I’ve been a parent, but this year I want to make a change. And if you are reading this and nodding your head, then perhaps it’s time you made a change too.
It really is important that you make time for yourself. If you spend years being too busy to make time for yourself, you’ll run yourself in to the ground. So here are some of my tips for practicing self care in 2017.
Get up 15 minutes before the rest of the house
My day is manic, from 7:30 until late. From the moment we all get up, there’s so much noise and so much fuss and just so much going on. I know how hard it can be to take a minute of calm in such a busy day. Getting up 15 minutes before the kids has been a revelation for me. The house is so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Try it, and fill those fifteen minutes of quiet with whatever you like.
Sneak it in when you can
Sitting in the waiting room at the doctors? Read a chapter of that book you’ve been meaning to read. Going to the toilet? Take a magazine with you and read an article. 20 minute tube journey? Paint your nails with your favourite colour. I often think I’ve had a busy day, but when I look closely there are lots of missed opportunities. When I’m waiting to see the doctor and there’s a 10 minute delay, instead of internally moaning and impatiently tapping my foot I could be relaxing and reading a book.
Schedule it in
If it’s written in your diary, or set as a reminder on your phone, you’ll be more likely to make time for it. Look at your schedule and work out where you could fit in half an hour to yourself, and do it.
Turn on Flight Mode
For me, sitting down to read in a quiet place is the ultimate self care act. But I can’t tell you how many time I’ve done that, but ended up distracted by something on my phone. So now? I put my phone on flight mode and ignore it while I’m reading, and it feels so much better. Whatever hobby it is that you enjoy, put your full attention to it and you’ll enjoy it so much more.
I’m making a vow to myself in 2017 to make sure I look after myself. I’m going to make sure I do the things above, to take time for myself even just for a few minutes each day. Will you be doing the same this year?