Self care isn’t something you master overnight…if ever. As your life changes, your needs will change. Your routines will need to adapt. When life gets crazy hectic, it can be easy to let your self-care slide. Overtime at the office replaces our daily jogs and yoga practices. We miss our meditation time because we’re trying to fit those extra tasks into our day. After a bit of time, we start to feel the wear and tear of not taking care ourselves.
This is when you need to stop and evaluate where you are in your life.
What has changed in your life? Are there new responsibilities that have come onto your plate? Be aware of these responsibilities and if they are necessary for you to have. Sometimes we take on more than we need to.
Get nitty and gritty about what your priorities should be.
You might have to have some “real” moments with yourself. If you aren’t taking care of yourself then you are not going to be able to sustain the energy to keep up with your busy bee lifestyle. This is the time you need to be taking a step back and looking at what are your top priorities. What can slide so that you can make time for yourself again?
Self-care needs to be a priority!
Make three lists for yourself:
- What are the responsibilities that need to be completed on a regular basis?
- What are the routines that help you feel better, give you energy and are good for your overall wellness?
- Are there tasks that are taking up your time that maybe can be delegated or simplified to make more time for other things?
Take action to make positive changes.
Yes this will take some creativity. And yes this will take some time to get back to where you want to be. It will take some trial and error. Move things around in your schedule to see what could work for you and keep trying until it makes sense and flows for you.
Start small. Don’t expect yourself to go back to heavy lifting and a power gym routine if it’s been weeks or even months. Start with taking a walk around your neighborhood in the evening.
Little changes each day adds up to big changes!