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Schedule in the Self-Care!

By: Jules Colombo, psychological intern

 

In today's fast-paced world, it's all too easy to let self-care fall by the wayside in the craziness  of our daily schedules. Between work, family, school, and everything else competing for our attention, taking time for ourselves can often feel like an impossible luxury. However, prioritizing self-care is not just a nicety, it is essential for our overall well-being and productivity.


Self-care encompasses a wide range of activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional health. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes to meditate or as indulgent as treating yourself to a spa day. The key is to make it a regular part of your routine, even when you feel like you don't have the time. And to focus on the self-indulgent aspects of it, it’s your me time! 


Often the largest obstacles to practicing self-care is the misconception that it must take up a lot of time. In reality, small acts like a quick workout, enjoying a cup of tea, or taking a short walk outside can drastically change how we feel. 


So how can we make self-care a priority when our schedules are already packed?

Here are a few strategies to consider:


Schedule it in: Treat self-care like any other appointment on your calendar. Block off time each day for activities that nourish your mind, body, and spirit, and stick to it as you would any other commitment.


Set boundaries: Learn to say no to things that drain your energy or detract from your well-being. Prioritize activities that align with your values and bring you joy, and don't be afraid to decline invitations or delegate tasks when necessary. I like to think of the analogy: is this activity going to fill my cup up today or gain my last 


Practice mindfulness: Cultivate awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations in the present. Mindfulness can help you identify when you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed and empower you to respond with self-compassion and self-care.


I like to think of the following analogy when I am scheduling in my self care events during my week. I consider my energy like a cup of tea. When faced with a decision about attending an event or engaging in a certain activity I ask myself: “so is this activity going to fill my cup up today or drain my last sip?” Life is all about balance and I have been making a concise effort to have tea consistently in my cup, I hope you can too!



Reference:

World Health Organization (WHO). Self Care


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