Here’s How Busy People Make Time for Self Care

We are ALL busy. You can thank the technologically advanced time we live in for that (instant gratification is exhausting). Because we are so strapped for time, many of us will pick up the slack by stealing time from ourselves. We shortchange ourselves of precious self-care, and that’s just not fair, or healthy.

Here’s a secret—the most successful people are the ones who make plenty of time for profound self-care, no matter what their schedules look like.

That doesn’t just mean eating well and exercising regularly. It means making time for quality rest and relaxation, whatever that means to you. Yes, it’s easy to think you can’t fit self-care into your hectic schedule—but it is always possible. Here are a few ways to make room for self-care, no matter how busy you are.

Relaxed mother and daughter exercising Yoga in the morning at home.

Schedule it.

If you’re a self-care novice, you need to start scheduling self-care into your busy life.

Take 45 minutes every morning or evening, and dedicate it exclusively to yourself. Sure, that may seem indulgent at first, but try it out for at least two weeks before you make any decisions—you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your mood and mental outlook.

Of course, this 45 minutes of “you” time means no phones, no distractions and ideally no kids or spouse (that may be impossible, so make do with what you can).

Yes, life is hectic and complicated, but you need to make time for yourself. Get out your calendar, and start blocking off non-negotiable self-care appointments. It’s worth the effort.

Get in touch with your needs.

When we’re busy, we often tune out from our body’s needs. Well, it’s time to tune back in.

Have 20 minutes to spare when you normally watch the news in the morning? Try meditating and stretching instead (it’s a lot less depressing). Have swaths of time throughout the day that you spend fiddling around on your phone? Put down your phone and go pick up a book.

When we’re busy, it’s easy to become less connected to our bodies, so make sure to check in with yourself daily to understand what you need. You have micro pockets of time to spare throughout your day—we all do.

By checking in with yourself regularly, you’ll be able to make restorative use of those pockets (rather than absentmindedly wasting time on your smartphone).

Senior woman relaxing in nature with book and pet dog

Journal daily.

If you’re busy and you never get much time to slow down, you need to be journaling on a regular basis.

We all need some sort of safe outlet to unleash the mental nonsense that floods our brains throughout a hectic day. Sure, a therapist can majorly help, but journaling is a much cheaper option if you just need to let out some word vomit.

You can journal at any time of day, but if you usually have trouble falling asleep because your mind is hyperactive, this is a great self-care practice to add right before bed. Coincidentally, the more you journal, the more you may begin to realize how important self-care is.

Put down the tech.

Need more time for yourself? Stop wasting time on your phone and computer (ahem, note to self). Technology has become a huge time suck, replacing precious self-care practices for many of us, but zoning out in front of some tech isn’t restful or restorative—it’s only exhausting us more.

You need to prioritize tech-free time. It’s one of the easiest and most powerful self-care practices that anyone can do.

Let’s be real: self-care isn’t difficult, and it doesn’t have to take long. It doesn’t take super expensive body oils or fancy face masks. It’s about nourishing your self. No matter how busy you are, you need to make time to rest and restore. You’ll be amazed by how much more productive and successful you become.

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Sarah A
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Toni W8 days ago

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Toni W8 days ago

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Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin8 days ago

schedules can be underrated

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R11 days ago

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Mike R
Mike R12 days ago

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Dr. Jan H13 days ago

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Daniel N16 days ago

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danii p16 days ago

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