When was the last time you scheduled in time for yourself?
Let’s think about that for a moment.
Can you remember the last time you did something you wanted to do, instead of something you needed to do?
Women in particular are known for running around after everyone else. We put people, situations and work before ourselves on a daily basis. It’s in our nature. We don’t like to let others down and constantly feel pressured to keep “producing the goods.”
However, if we don’t dedicate time for self-care, we are unable to refuel and recharge. It’s great to dedicate time for others but if we don’t take time for our own happiness, we have no choice but to burn out.
Creating a daily routine of self-care is a brilliant way to make a habit of looking after yourself first.
Here are some important tips to scheduling in some much needed self-care.
Start Your Day The Right Way
The way we begin our mornings can strongly impact the way the day unfolds. Many of us, without thinking, pick up our phones and respond to emails, messages, check social media and give out our time and energy before even rolling out of bed. This can cause us to feel stressed and pressured.
Create a new healthy habit for yourself.
Ask yourself, “How would I like to begin each morning?”
Perhaps a 10 minute meditation, or a 20-minute workout? Sometimes getting up and reading a passage from an inspirational book can also encourage you to feel uplifted and energised. Whatever it is, prioritise it as the first thing you do each morning.
Learn To Say No
This could be challenging, which is more the reason why it is so important to bring about preservation of your energy and self-worth.
Learning to say no doesn’t mean it is a negative response. Many of us are guilty of giving our time and energy to anyone that wants it, without checking in with ourselves first. Saying ‘yes’ isn’t always in our best interest, but we often do so to avoid letting anyone down, or feel it is something we should do.
The word ‘should’ is a very powerful word that holds a lot of weight when it creeps into our thought patterns.
When something is asked of you that require your time and energy, give yourself permission to think about it before immediately responding. Ask yourself, “Do I want to do it? Do I have the time and the energy to do this? Is it in my best interest?” Sometimes the answer will be ‘yes’ and that’s absolutely fine. But when it’s a no, learn to honour that.
You will be amazed at how much more time and energy you have when you begin to only take on what is right for you.
Each day think of one thing you’d like to do for yourself. This shouldn’t be something you are already required to do, so going to work or doing chores doesn’t count. Make it something you want to do. It could be taking 15 minutes to sit and read for enjoyment, taking a walk in the sun, or baking a cake. It could also be a special treat such as getting a massage, buying yourself something nice, or something as simple as taking a bubble bath with your favourite essential oils.
The key to making this work is actually doing it. Many of us provide excuses as we feel we don’t have enough time in our busy schedules and it’s completely understandable.
However, repeat after me: You are important and you are worth making time for. Introducing these new habits into your daily routine is the start of reclaiming your power. It’s the start of preserving your energy so you can be the best you can be.
Self-care and self-love is important, and it is necessary.
Remember: Don’t leave yourself out of your life.
You need your own time and own energy too.
Written By: Kayleigh is a certified Yoga teacher, group fitness instructor and all round health and wellness enthusiast. Since completing her Yoga training in India, Kayleigh has developed a strong interest in alternative medicine and continues her studies in Ayurveda and Yoga therapy. She works with local mental health charities teaching meditation techniques and runs regular Yoga classes and workshops. Website: www.gajayoga.co.uk