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Published on May 15, 2018

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#TryItTuesday: Permission Granted, Take Time for Yourself Today!

When I left my full-time corporate position to pursue self employment, I remember being so excited, thinking about all the extra time I thought I would have to implement some long overdue self-care practices.

I’m not sure what I was exactly thinking.

Almost three years later, between juggling family and business needs, most days leave me with more tasks than time to complete them. It wasn’t until I became intentional about giving myself permission to take the time for self-care that I was able to implement some habits into my daily routine.

Self-care is something I’ve struggled with most of my life. I know it’s important to take time to nurture “me." However, more often than not, my self-care often takes a back seat to other daily priorities.

When it comes to living a healthy, vibrant life, self-care is just as vital as physical activity and eating healthy. Do you take the time in your busy day to practice self-care?​ Or does it feel like self-care is just another commitment to fit into your already full day?

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is the practice of taking time to do activities that nurture your mind, body and spirit. Self-care is about intentionally making time to care for yourself in whatever way suits you and nurtures you.

The most significant challenge for me was how to find time in my schedule for self-care. My reality, like so many other women, is that finding the time for self-care is a delusion. As of yet, I’ve never been able to find the time; however, my success has come when I make the time.

Why is Self-Care Important?

Self-care is important as it helps to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. In addition, self-care:

  • Produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
  • It can help to prevent burnout.
  • It can help to decrease anxiety and depression.
  • It benefits your emotional and physical health. 

Permission Granted: Making the Time

Like I shared earlier, it is important to make the time for self-care. Here are a few tips that have helped me make time:

  • Schedule the time on my calendar before any other activities.
  • Make the time for self-care non-negotiable.
  • Say "No!" to feeling guilty for taking the time to invest in me.
  • Delegate household chores and responsibilities.
  • Streamline my grocery shopping and errands.

Permission Granted: Self-Care Activity Ideas

  • Read a new book
  • Take a walk
  • Practice yoga
  • Light a candle
  • Take an Epsom salt bath
  • Write in a journal
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Go to bed early
  • Doodle or color in a coloring book
  • Take pictures in nature
  • Declutter your workspace
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Turn off your phone for a few hours
  • Make your favorite meal
  • Buy yourself some flowers
  • Take a nap

Permission Granted: A 10-Day Self-Care Challenge

Day 1: Do something creative.

Day 2: Get rid of three things you don’t use.

Day 3: Have a social media-free day.

Day 4: Try a new physical exercise.

Day 5: Do one thing you’ve been putting off.

Day 6: Go for a walk.

Day 7: Cook a healthy meal.

Day 8: Make a gratitude list.

Day 9: Have a long shower or bubble bath.

Day 10: Try something new.

Remember, it’s important to give yourself permission to make your needs priority. When we take care of ourselves first, we can bring our strongest, healthiest, most-energized self to our lives.

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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