When you have a demanding job and busy life, one thing that always appears to be neglected is your own wellbeing. What can be deemed as a very selfless lifestyle in that you’re working hard to help others may actually be negatively impacting your own wellbeing more than you think.
So how can you make time for self-care when you’re so busy?
Signs Your Wellbeing Might be Taking a Backseat
- You’re feeling more stressed
- You’re losing or gaining weight based on unhealthy eating habits
- Your health is suffering due to lack of exercise
- You’re suffering from low mood
- You’re neglecting your mental and physical wellbeing
- You don’t feel like you have time for anything you enjoy
Top Wellness Tips for Busy Lifestyles
Get Your Exercise Out of the Way
You’re more likely to avoid your workout if you leave it until the end of the day when you’re busy. You’ll either be too tired or maybe you’ll get distracted by something else you need to do, such as work or errands.
Getting your exercise done first thing means that it’ll be done and out of the way, without compromising your busy routine. This ensures you always get a healthy workout in, no matter how busy you are, even if it’s only for ten minutes before your workday begins.
Don’t Forget to Eat
Remembering to eat — and eat well — can easily take a backseat when you’re busy. Whether it’s skipping lunch to meet a work deadline, missing breakfast because of an early start, or neglecting a full dinner because you’ve too much to do, eating is one area that can be compromised if you don’t think enough about it.
It may take extra planning around a busy schedule to eat at the right times, but it’s imperative for your health and wellbeing. Get away from your work desk to eat if this helps you to avoid working instead, or order a takeaway to arrive when you need it to if that saves you time on cooking. You can also grab extra savings when ordering online, like using a GrubHub promo code.
Take Time Off
If you’re finding it impossible to catch up with your own self-care around your normal routine, then you may need designated time to concentrate fully on yourself. Even just booking a few days off may give you a chance to catch up on your own structure and concentrate on wellness and relaxation. If you’re feeling particularly run down and burned out, then taking a vacation is highly encouraged. This doesn’t have to mean taking a trip; it could just mean time spent at home focusing on yourself.
Take Opportunities as They Come
If you find unexpected time for a quick workout, need to accept a co-worker’s offer of them picking up a healthy lunch for you, or unexpectedly find social plans canceled, then accept anything that arises which can help out your own wellness and routine. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it or taking advantage of unexpected circumstances to concentrate on yourself.
Accept that it’s fine to have no plans so you can relax
People with busy lifestyles tend to always have something lined up that will keep them busy. They might feel like if they’re not doing something active or productive, that they’re going to end up feeling like they’re wasting time. This is a bad mindset to develop and it’s important to accept that it’s perfectly fine to have no plans so you can sit back, relax, and just enjoy the peace.
The idea of making time for yourself can feel selfish to some. After all, if you can spend your time doing something productive or helpful then why are you sitting around doing nothing? The reality is that we all need some time to ourselves now and then. Accept that it’s fine to have no plans and try to clear out some time in your schedule so you can relax, enjoy a nice drink, and maybe read a book or listen to some music. Learn to take more breaks and allow yourself some time to procrastinate.
Your own wellness should never be neglected, no matter how busy you are. Use these tips to get back on track.
How have you been keeping up with your wellbeing while having a busy life? Let me know in the comments below!