How To Incorporate Self-Care Into A Busy Schedule

How To Incorporate Self-Care Into A Busy Schedule | You probably don't have enough hours in the day to complete your to-do list, let alone squeeze in self-care. But showing yourself love is vital to your overall well-being and should not be ignored. Here are some practical ways to incorporate self-care when you feel like you have no time!


We could all use a day devoted to nothing but a deep Thai massage, mani-pedi, and nap that lasts for hours…or a week of lounging on a beach in the Bahamas with a book and Piña Colada in hand…

buuutttt let’s get real. Most of our tight schedules do not allow for 5 minutes of disconnection, let alone a full day or an entire week.

Self-care is essential to boost your mental health, heal your gut, and simply stay sane in this “go-go-go!” culture of ours. Regular spa days and tropical vacations might be unrealistic, but giving yourself a bit of love shouldn’t be forgotten altogether.

There is no need for anything extravagant– simple acts can make a huge difference in your overall well-being. Today, I am sharing some tips for sneaking self-care into your busy schedule.


TAKE STRETCH BREAKS


How To Incorporate Self-Care Into A Busy Schedule | You probably don't have enough hours in the day to complete your to-do list, let alone squeeze in self-care. But showing yourself love is vital to your overall well-being and should not be ignored. Here are some practical ways to incorporate self-care when you feel like you have no time!

You may be on-the-go a lot, but there’s a good chance you spend more time on your butt than on your feet.

One of my favorite ways to move my body is through hot yoga. It eases my mind, relaxes my muscles, and leaves me feeling energized. However, driving 30 minutes to and from a one-hour yoga class is not feasible when I have a million-and-one things on my to-do list.

On days when I am desk-bound for a long time, taking frequent stretch breaks is a must. Stretching stiff muscles throughout periods of sedentary behavior relieves tension, improves circulation, and helps me to refocus. Try setting an alarm every 20-30 minutes reminding you to get up and take a 2-3 minute stretch break.


PRAISE YOURSELF


Self-care does not always need to be a physical activity or reward. A positive thought can be even more effective than a bubble bath or facial when it comes to showing yourself some love.

When you have a list of tasks that need to be crossed off, you might plow through one after the other without recognizing the accomplishment of completing each one. Pausing after each task to give yourself a mental or verbal pat-on-the-back may sound silly, but that extra encouragement could be just what you need.

Overall, maintaining a positive internal dialogue will boost your confidence and happiness. Whether it’s reminding yourself that you are smart and capable, or noticing that your hair looks extra good one day, filling your mind with kind thoughts is bound to keep you in good spirits.


RECHARGE WHEN YOUR DEVICES DO


How To Incorporate Self-Care Into A Busy Schedule | You probably don't have enough hours in the day to complete your to-do list, let alone squeeze in self-care. But showing yourself love is vital to your overall well-being and should not be ignored. Here are some practical ways to incorporate self-care when you feel like you have no time!It’s easy to get lost in technology for longer than what is healthy.

When you see that your computer battery has reached the red zone, you probably plug it in and continue tapping away. But just like our computers and phones need recharging, so do we.

Instead of plugging in your computer while you work, take it off the charger until it is close to dying. Once you’ve used up all its juice, plug it in, step away, and give yourself the opportunity to re-energize. Knowing that you have a limited battery life will motivate you to be productive and prevent procrastination. Of course, you will also be giving your mind a well-deserved break.


BOOKEND YOUR DAY


Once your day has started rolling, it feels impossible to carve out any spare time. Forcing self-care into the middle of the day can be unrealistic when life is hectic. Try practicing it first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

Set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier and devote the extra time to stretching, sipping on lemon water, or preparing a delicious breakfast. End the night with light reading, a face mask, or a cup of tea. Bookending each day with some stress-relieving strategies will help you to set the mood each morning and unwind for a good night’s sleep.


Making time for self-care is difficult, but it is certainly doable (and well worth it). I hope you found this post helpful! How do you incorporate self-care into your busy schedule?

24 Comments

  1. December 1, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Nothing beats a little stretch here and there! Well, maybe a little stretch in bed 😉

    • December 2, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Agreed!

  2. December 1, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    These are all great suggestions Mia! I love the tip about stretching, that’s really important if you’re at a desk a lot. Praising yourself is also such a confidence booster. Great post! 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

    • December 2, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks Demilade!

  3. December 1, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Great tips!! Love your blog!

    • December 2, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks Lola!

  4. December 2, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    I love “recharge when your devices do” ! Such a great tip! I tend to just stay plugged-in all the time which means no breaks for me. Plus, that can’t be good for our devices anyway. They need a break too. Thanks for sharing these!

    xx, Alexandra
    http://www.shethrivestribe.com

    • December 4, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      It’s so easy to lose track of time and forget to take breaks when your devices are constantly plugged in. Unplugging makes you much more mindful!

  5. December 4, 2017 / 3:06 am

    Love all of these tips! I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of screen time in the morning and at night and it so helps set the tone for the day!

    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

    • December 4, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      I definitely need to work on reducing screen time!

    • December 4, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post Victoria!

    • December 4, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Stretching periodically is so beneficial!

    • December 4, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks for reading Zoey!

  6. Kate
    December 4, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I completely agree with you about bookending the day. If I don’t exercise first thing in the morning, it’s impossible to make myself do it at all! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • December 4, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      It’s definitely nice to get your workout out of the way by doing it in the beginning of the day!

  7. December 7, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I think “praise yourself” is such an important thing. I do everything else you’ve suggested by that. Loved your writing and the post!

    x

    Sofia – https://sofiachang.co/

    • December 7, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Giving yourself some encouragement is such a a simple way to show yourself love and care! Thanks for reading Sofia!

    • December 11, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Yay!

  8. December 14, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Loved reading this! Self care is so important, especially when our schedules are the craziest. These are such helpful and easy tips, thanks for sharing! I definitely need to start implementing them into my routine.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • December 14, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks for reading Shann!

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