Every single adult at one point in their lives found themselves too busy “adulting” to stop for a second and check in on themselves.
Just ask yourself when was the last time you’ve called your best friend or your family to check in on them? Chances are – not that long ago. But when it comes to doing the same for yourself, chances are that the answer differs quite a lot.
With such busy lives, people are leading today, self-care can easily slip through the cracks. And the sad part is that we only tend to notice that we’ve neglected ourselves once things become too much to bear.
So, in order to avoid reaching this point in life, you need to learn how to put yourself first and make time for yourself. Here are just some ideas.
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Define Your “Me” Time
The thing the majority of us struggles the most with is finding enough time for ourselves. That’s why you first need to learn how to readjust your free time and schedule to make enough room for yourself.
Step by step, start with some small readjustments. Go for a walk, watch your favorite movie, order your favorite food, do some workout at home, or whatever makes you happy.
Another way, your “me” time doesn’t have to include elaborate and extravagant activities either. For instance, your “me” time can simply boil down to spending some time enjoying a nice relaxing bubble bath while sipping a refreshing drink and enjoying your favorite songs on your trusty shower radio. Such an activity won’t require a crazy amount of time to prepare but it will have a hugely positive effect on your mental well-being.
And that’s the secret – the more down to earth and
doable your “me” time is, the more you’ll get the chance to practice and enjoy it.
Don’t Hesitate To Put Yourself First
Along the similar lines, you also need to realize that it’s okay to put yourself first. People often find themselves in situations where they’re asked to go against their personal beliefs and they decide to act accordingly because they believe they don’t have a choice.
This, of course, can lead to negative feelings and thoughts focused on your own self, which is certainly not something you should be aiming at. So, the next time you find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you put yourself first.
Dare To Say “No”
Moreover, we all need to realize that saying “no” is an option. So many of us choose to do things – we’re sometimes not even comfortable with – just because saying “no” doesn’t sound like an option.
But the fact is that learning to fight for yourself and learning to say no will actually prove to be quite liberating. Additionally, learn to say “no” and leave it at that. You don’t have to explain your reasons to anyone if you’re not comfortable doing so.
Find more time for yourself and focus more on your own well-being instead of constantly worrying about everyone else’s.
Take a Social Media Break
Furthermore, even though this may sound a bit unrelated at first, just hear us out. Social media is a wonderful thing many of us use as a form of escapism of sorts.
It’s full of different engaging and interesting content many people really enjoy indulging in. However, the fact is that spending too much time on social media reduces the amount of time you have to dedicate to everything else.
So, by reducing your screen and social media time and learning how to “disconnect” you’ll actually be left with more time for yourself.
Do Things That Make You Happy
Finally, the easiest way to improve your mood to ensure you don’t get bored with life and make more time for yourself is by doing the things you love.
This may seem practically impossible on certain days, but – again – it doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate or time-consuming. If you love to read, make it a habit to read 5 pages every night before you go to sleep. If you enjoy listening to music, use every opportunity to do so.
Managing to squeeze in some of your favorite activities into your day-to-day will feel like you’re actually paying more attention to yourself and – in turn – making more time for yourself.
These were just some ideas you can try out if you feel like you’re not paying enough attention to yourself. It all boils down to making a conscious effort to put yourself and your needs first.