Many of us lead extremely busy lives, complete with every device known to man: smartphones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches, bluetooth earpieces, and television streaming services that hold everything we could ever want to watch. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and all that technology holds, but it’s important to put it all aside for a few minutes per day to do something just for ourselves.
You may not even realize how much time you spend on your phone, or how many times you pick it up to scroll through social media when your attention should be elsewhere. Being more mindful of your surroundings and actions can have a huge impact on your happiness and your health. Here are some of the best ways to practice self-care with a busy schedule.
Put down that device!
I know, I know, it’s really enticing to keep your phone at arm’s length all day because, let’s face it, it’s pretty amazing to have pretty much anything you could ever want in entertainment right there in one little device. But it’s important to unglue yourself from the screen for a bit every day and just focus on what you’re doing. Take your lunch outside and enjoy the flavors instead of rushing to get through it while watching a YouTube video. Sit in a coffee shop with a good book and enjoy a warm drink on a cold day.
Get in some exercise
Do some quick lunges at your desk or take the dog for an extra-long walk. Put together a home gym or get together a group of friends or coworkers for a post-work hike, run, or walk so that you can save money on a gym membership. Try not to think about your to-do list, or what you need to accomplish at work tomorrow. Instead, put some earbuds in and listen to your favorite music. Enjoy the feeling of breathing fresh air and getting your heart rate up.
Listen to your body
It’s imperative that you learn to listen to your body’s signals. If your body aches at the end of the day even though you haven’t done much physically, or if you are losing sleep, your body is trying to tell you that something needs to change. Try taking a hot bath or shower before bed to relax your muscles, or spend some time brushing your hair at the end of the day. The top of the head has tons of little pressure points that feel amazing when stimulated.
Find a hobby…or dedicate time to an old one
If you enjoy creative writing, knitting, collecting things, or making art, do it. Make time at least once a week to devote to your craft, not with the intention of becoming a master at it, but just doing it because it makes you happy. And hey, if all that practice does make you a master, all the better!
Learn to say no
Many people don’t feel they can say no when a friend or family member asks for their time, but we all have to learn to do it if we want to take care of ourselves. Don’t be afraid to put yourself first sometimes, even if it means missing out on a birthday party now and then.
It’s okay to prioritize and include yourself and your own interests. Life goes by very fast, so take the time to slow down once in awhile and focus on being happy.
Travis White is a foodie and loves to cook healthy dishes. At LearnFit.org, he enjoys writing about how to live a healthy lifestyle while focusing on mind, body, and soul. Featured photo via Pixabay by Unsplash