How to Practice Self Care When You're Busy

By: Nora Martinez

We live in an age where if we aren't busy 24/7, we feel unproductive or even unsuccessful. We often forget about our most important priority…ourselves! Sometimes fitting in self-care gets left behind when you're juggling a job, school, and relationships. However, ignoring it could lead to burnout, which can make you feel exhausted and stressed. 

Making time for yourself can be tough, but not impossible. There are ways you can add it to your existing schedule without losing time. Try making these four simple changes in your everyday life to feel a little relieved.

Get your zzz's in

As tempting as it can be scrolling through your phone right before bed, put it down. You can find yourself having a harder time to fall asleep because looking at your phone tells your brain to stay active and prolongs sleep. Instead of scrolling through your phone, set a designated time to put your phone away. This will give you more time to wind down and relax so that you can get as much sleep as possible.

Get active 

Do you find yourself stressed after work or school?  The best way to combat stress is to start moving. Research has found that when you exercise, your brain releases endorphins that can reduce stress. Start by replacing short drives with walks. Or, incorporating walks between your breaks at work or between classes. 

It's okay to say ‘no’

Sometimes you can find yourself with a little more than you can handle. You could have agreed to go out with friends or take on that extra project at work when you're already crunching time. When you don't know when to say "no," you’re likely to end up feeling exhausted and irritable. Learn to say “no” when you have too much on your plate, and your body and mind will thank you in the long run.

Watch what you eat

When you're on a tight schedule, you can be eating whatever you can find before the next thing on your schedule. Eating fast food, energy drinks, or food with high amounts of sugar will decrease your energy. Switch out those foods with healthier alternatives by meal prepping the night before or making smart choices. It saves you time from having to run to grab food and gives you tons of energy to finish off your day. 

Remember that making time for yourself is just as important as achieving your goals.