I like to think of myself as a nice person.
Hopefully my nearest and dearest would agree. Most days.
But, as an entrepreneur, I often feel like I’m going in so many directions that I don’t have time or energy for those I love, much less for myself.
No one wants to be over-stressed, over-whelmed, and under-rested. Nobody wants to have nothing to give because they’re tired.
But how do you make time for work, loving and serving others, AND self-care?
It’s hard to make time to rest and breath without feeling guilty, lazy, or selfish.
So today I’m preaching to myself by sharing five self-care habits that are anything but selfish.
These are some things that put fuel in my tank so I can work and love and serve better.
1. Don’t waste your “me-time.”
We live in an age of distraction. The world beeps, buzzes, and dings for attention 24/7. No wonder it’s hard to find time for yourself!
Forming good habits starts by breaking bad ones. Sometimes self-care is not about making more time, but USING the time you have better.
Right now, think of ONE thing you do every day that doesn’t serve you or anyone around you. Ask yourself:
“If I chop this out of my life, how much time will I free?”
This one is HARD. But you’ll never have time for healing habits if you don’t eliminate time-sucking habits.
Social media, checking email, flipping through magazines, and popping zits are all relatively legitimate ways to spend a few minutes.
But at the end of the day, have those minutes energized you? Inspired you? Strengthened you? Don’t eliminate something you value, but DO assess and prune hard.
Any time thief needs to go.
2. Quit cheating on your food.
It’s hard to make time to eat healthy. Shopping, chopping, cooking, cleaning up – all of these take. so. long.
It’s easy to compensate by rushing through meals, grabbing a snack on the run, or (personal pitfall) multi-tasking while eating.
But your body only digests food well when you’re calm and relaxed. To get the nutrition you need it’s important to make eating a restful time.
Take regular hard stops throughout the day for balanced meals.
3. Mooooove your body!
I’ve found two types of people when it comes to exercise:
- You love to work out. You spend an hour or more every day doing something active, you live for the runners’ high or the yoga buzz. You feel so much better, stronger, and more energetic when you work out and you enjoy sweating and sore muscles.
- You don’t understand any of the above. Exercise is a necessary evil if you want to fit into your pants, but some days that’s not much motivation. You know you’d enjoy it more if you did it regularly, and you want to work out, but – again – there’s not enough time in the day.
Oh, honey, I feel you. I was born for that second category. I’ve spent my life viewing exercise as a necessary evil, and I’ve struggled to make time for it.
I went into nutrition because I prefer eating to moving.
BUT, if you want more energy, a clear brain, and happier hormones, you have to move. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but do something active for at least 20-30 minutes every day.
Make it fun! Explore different things until you find a routine that you can wake up excited about.
4. Don’t go it alone.
Community isn’t something we talk about much in the health world. But conversations or coffee dates with friends aren’t just fun. They’re vital to your physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
Make time regularly for the people who encourage, support, and laugh with you. Consider this part of your health routine!
5. Go to bed – early, often, and consistently.
Sleep is every bit as important as eating right and exercising, possibly more. It is our body’s way of repairing, cleaning your brain, and restoring itself.
Getting good sleep starts with going to sleep.
Which means going to bed.
You heard it here, ya’ll. Life changing, I know.
How about you?
I’m always looking for inspiration and encouragement, so I’d love to hear from you:
What is one self-care habit you do daily? And what difference has it made in your life? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Wishing you the best of health,