You know that feeling when you get a ton of work done in one day? You’re all high-fiving yourself for your productivity and then you realize, oh wait. I forgot about this other thing. And then it’s too late because you’ve already promised yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow.
When we’re working on something, it can seem like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. But if you make time for yourself, your health and happiness will benefit greatly from it.
A random funny quiz is also a good way to procrastinate. It’s important to make time for yourself, even if it seems like there’s never enough time in the day. Your health and happiness will benefit greatly from it.
Stop Putting Others First
The first step to making time for yourself is to stop putting others first. It can be easy to get wrapped up in what other people need and want, but it’s important to remember that you are not their parent, caretaker or guardian. You are a person who deserves attention and affection too.
If you’re constantly worrying about others’ needs while neglecting yours, then it won’t be possible for you to take care of anyone else. You won’t have the mental energy or physical strength required for a healthy relationship with another person if you’re spending all day putting everyone else first.
Know What “Me Time” Means for You.
What is “me time”?
“Me time” can mean many things. It could be a few hours of being alone while you read or watch TV, or it could be an afternoon spent with friends at a coffee shop. Maybe it’s all about getting outside and enjoying nature, taking long walks in the park or doing yoga in your backyard. It’s different for everyone because we all have different needs and desires when it comes to spending alone time. The important thing is knowing what kind of “me time” means something special to you, and then making sure that you have plenty of opportunities for it throughout the week.
Embrace the Little Things.
One of the most important things is to embrace the little things. The little things can be big things, and you need to take time to appreciate them.
For example, when you’re in a rush and on your way out of the door for work in the morning, don’t just grab any old cup of coffee or juice off the grocery shelf. Make yourself a delicious homemade latte or smoothie instead.
You will feel refreshed after drinking it because you took the time to make something special for yourself while also saving money by making it yourself rather than buying premade drinks at Starbucks or Whole Foods.
Another great example would be taking an extra few minutes before bedtime to read a book or magazine that interests you instead of scrolling through social media on your phone until you fall asleep.
You don’t have to do anything too elaborate; just take some simple steps each day (or every week) towards doing something that brings enjoyment into your life without feeling like there isn’t enough time.
Become a Minimalist
As you can see, being a minimalist it’s not just about decluttering your closet, it’s also about eliminating any and all clutter in your life. This could mean getting rid of old magazines that you haven’t read since they were printed or cleaning out the junk drawer so that everything has a proper place.
Minimalism is not only about what we own but how we live as well. It’s about living with purpose and intentionality, knowing that everything in our lives serves a purpose and has no room for anything else. Minimalists live by the saying “less is more” because they realize that less stress leads to more happiness which leads right back around again: less stress means more time with family which leads back around again…
Now that you’ve set your priorities, it’s time to make some boundaries. You know what you can and cannot do, but how will you enforce them?
Don’t be afraid to say no. If someone asks for the time and energy that’s not available in your schedule, have the courage to say no.
Even if they’re a friend or family member who would understand if they knew what was going on with your life right now…they don’t, so don’t feel guilty about saying no. It’s okay, in fact, it’s better than okay: saying no is one of the best ways we can take care of ourselves and our mental health.
And remember: sometimes saying “no” doesn’t mean making up an elaborate lie about why we can’t help out; sometimes all it takes is “I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it.” This does not mean that this person needs a new friendship or relationship; it means exactly what it says: “I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it.”
Give Yourself a Goal and Reach It.
In order to make time for yourself, you need to know what you want. Maybe it’s reading a book, learning a new language, or starting a hobby.
Whatever it is, set yourself up with something that will challenge and inspire you. You can even give yourself a specific deadline by which time the goal should be achieved, like getting through a few chapters of your book in one sitting every day before work (with some breaks for coffee).
Once you’ve decided on your goal and have made some progress toward achieving it, reward yourself as often as possible. Be generous with how many “rewards” there are along the way so that when they’re finally gone…you’ll be so close to reaching your final destination.