I hope you’re having an awesome Sunday! As winter break is coming to an end and the semester is about to begin, I’ve been anticipating the craziness that will become my life. Being a full time student, an intern, and an employee at two jobs isn’t easy. Factor in my family, friends, boyfriend and student organizations I’m in and there’s not much time left for myself.
Something I want to get better at is finding ways to practice self-care. Often, we get so consumed by our jobs, our education and making other people happy that we forget about ourselves. Practicing self-care can sometimes seem like a daunting task that you don’t have time for. But I promise that you do have time. And I’m going to share some ways to practice self-care when you’re someone who’s always on the go.
I know. This doesn’t seem like it needs explaining. But it does! Sleep is an essential part of a balanced, healthy life. Life is easier when you’re well-rested. You’re able to focus better, your body feels better and it allows your mind and body to rest and recover!
We all know that we should do it but often, we sacrifice time at the gym to do other things. If you can’t make it to the gym, make sure you’re finding other ways to stay active. Take the stairs. Park your car a little farther so you’ll have a longer walk to work. Plan your friend dates at the gym or a fitness studio. Take a walk with your partner instead of watching an episode of The Office for the 30th time.
Hydrate and eat wholesome meals.
This is another one that seems self-explanatory but it’s something that we all need to remember. Our bodies need water, nutrients, vitamins and minerals to function properly. By drinking enough water and eating your fruits and veggies, you’re setting your body up for success.
Get ready for the day with time to spare.
When you rush in the morning, you’re starting your day in a frazzled state. Trust me. This is how I began nearly every day in 2016. Wake up a little earlier in the morning so you can catch your breath. Maybe take a few minutes to set out your outfit and pack your bag at night, so you can sit down with your cup of coffee instead of having to grab it to go. Review your agenda for the day the night before so you can make yourself a hearty breakfast, instead of having to grab a granola bar on your way out the door. Being able to relax at the beginning of the day will start you off on the right foot.
Take time out of each week, if not each day, to step away from your phone, tablet, and computer. Let yourself be present in the moment and allow yourself to think about you. We spend a lot of time on social media and often, we’re comparing our lives to the lives of others. By stepping away from that negative energy you’re creating for yourself, we’re allowing ourselves to feel at peace. Something else that’s worth mentioning is that doing this is good for your posture, your eyes and your brain.
Find a community and be present.
I always feel empowered when I spend time with girls I’ve met through CHAARG, a health and wellness community at Ohio State and across the nation. I’ve shared some of my most raw, deep and eye-opening moments with these people. I’ve had uplifting conversations that have completely changed my attitude and my perspective. Meet people who share your interests and spend time with them.
Read a book or listen to an audiobook.
Are you interested in learning more about gut health? Or maybe you want to learn about Audrey Hepburn’s life. You might even feel like getting lost in a fantasy world. Take time to do these things for yourself by picking up a book. Even if it’s just for 15 to 30 minutes a day, you have time to read. I promise. Skip your social media sesh at the end of the night when you’re in bed and pick up a book instead. Or listen to an audiobook on your morning drive to work or while you’re cooking dinner. (If you have a library card, you can listen to free audiobooks through the Hoopla app).
Don’t forget to treat yourself. When you work hard, pat yourself on the back and do a little somethin’ special for all of your hard work. You can treat yourself with a material item, a cup of coffee, a massage, or even an extra 10 minutes to meditate. Just don’t forget to do it.
Schedule time for “me time”.
This is where I start to sound like your mother and tell you that working yourself to exhaustion isn’t good for you and that you need to make room in your schedule for yourself. Having a blank slot in your planner isn’t always a bad thing! Make time for yourself so you can go get a pedicure or go to a yoga class. Spending every single second of the day doing something isn’t the best for your mental or physical health. Make sure you’re taking time to do what YOU want to be doing.
What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself? I’d love to hear some new ideas!