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How to Practice Self Care In Your Busy Life

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How to practice self-care in your busy life is a guest post by Brad Krause. Brad left the corporate world to help promote the simple notion of self-care through his writing and consulting. In this article below Brad covers the mental health benefits of self-care, using basic but overlooked practices. Let us know in the comments what you think of this article and if you would like to hear more from Brad, you can find him at his blog here.

Over to Brad Krause!

Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care in Your Busy Life

Busy people don’t have time for themselves. They’re dedicated to their careers, passion projects, families, volunteer work, partner’s dreams, friends’ problems, neighborhood functions, professional organizations, and children’s schools. When you’re a busy person, there’s just no time for you because your time is being used up in so many other ways. This is how you’ve functioned for years…until you finally get burned out. This is when you need to practice self-care and focus on you. It is possible to take care of yourself when you lead a busy life, and here’s how.

Go on a lunch break.

Many busy people work through lunch either because they have too many things on their plate (except food), they’re overly devoted to their jobs, or they think everything will fall apart without them. Don’t be this person. Take a break, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. You need to eat, and your brain needs a mental break. Your creative thinking suffers if you don’t. You might even need a social conversation with coworkers to make your job feel a little more fun. The work will still be there when you get back to your desk, and you’ll probably be more effective at your job after that break.

Don’t bring work home.

Unless you work from home, you should never take work home. Home is your sanctuary and safe space. It’s not an extension of your office. If you do work from home, keep your bedroom off limits for work-related activities. Not only will working from the bedroom make it harder to focus on work, but you’ll also have trouble falling asleep because the stress from work carries over into your place of slumber.

Sleep in.

If you’re not already sleeping at least seven hours a night, you’re probably sleep-deprived. It might seem impossible to sleep earlier because by the time you’re done with dinner and dishes, it feels like you barely have any night left. You can change that by sleeping in later. Make Sunday meal prep day so you have grab-and-go breakfast and dinner ready to reheat during the weekday. Get your morning routine done at night. Exercise after work and take a shower at night to save yourself an hour each morning. Set out your clothes and pack your work bag before bed. When morning comes, getting ready will be a fast and easy process. To improve the quality and quantity of Sleep try these Foods for A Good Nights Sleep.

Eat a variety of food.

Self-care means feeding your body healthy food, but it also means letting yourself live a little. You’ll get bored eating the same foods every day, so treat yourself with a variety of healthy foods and an occasional cheat meal. Healthy eating will make you feel better overall, but monotonous eating can be hard to stick to. Change up the menu to prevent boredom with your diet choices and to increase the likelihood of maintaining healthy habits. If you can’t come up with new ideas to cook every day, subscribe to a blog that gives you new, healthy recipes to follow every day.

Practice stress management techniques.

De-stressing looks different for everyone. It could be meditation, exercise, going out into nature, playing with dogs, coloring, or a Zen garden for your desk. It’s whatever relaxes and calms you. Find your Zen and tap into it anytime you feel stress coming on.

Say no to negativity.

Whether it’s at work or in your personal life, don’t let negativity permeate your life. That means saying no to anything that doesn’t serve you or make you happy. That means removing negative influences from your life. That means cutting off ties with people that cause you pain. That means setting boundaries at work.

You don’t need to spend hours each day or even a full day each week to practice self-care. It can happen in the little things that you might overlook—the things that take minimal effort while making a big difference. As you continue to practice these things, you might actually graduate to giving yourself a real break.  

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If you are a New Years Resolutions kind of person, you absolutely want to read this today especially if you are beating yourself up (or about to) on breaking that resolution already. To make it even worst, If you are in most parts of the northern hemisphere it’s dark, cold, and depressing without much sunshine. And if the year is 2021, which it is; these pandemic lockdowns do not help much either!

Ok. So Your New Years Resolutions have failed? If not, this is awesome. And comment below and let me know your secret. How exactly were you able to keep up with your resolutions.

And if you are beating up on yourself, because you stopped going to the gym or eating healthy, or writing, reading, saving – whatever your resolution was on January 1st.

The first step – Stop beating up on yourself.

Secondly, If you are feeling the blues, get a good Vit D supplement. I know, I know – Go to the doctor first and confirm if you have a deficiency. Also generally a good time of the year to do your annual physical as well. Here is the Vit D supplement I take around winters, and I like it so far. All I know from tests is I am not deficient and generally feel good, positive, and upbeat! I also don’t go crazy and take only one tablet every few days, as needed, and feel just fine. You do you – If you are confused ask your doctor.

Third, Use your sick day for a mental health day. I know because I have been there. I used to think that taking sick-day off for no apparent “physical” sickness is procrastinating and dishonest. And It would only mean putting off that day’s work for the next day. My 8 year old would call this kind of thinking cray-cray! And it sure was crazy thinking – Do bad quality work and ruin health, instead of resting and recharging and getting your best work done.

I am not entirely sure if Dalai Lama said this, but here goes – Humans sacrifice their health in order to make money. Then sacrifices money to recuperate their health.

Really try it. I do not have to quote The Dalai Lama to make you change your mindset. Take the day off and sleep, rest, meditate, disconnect from technology completely. You will be surprised how much more productive and better you will be the next day.

Fourth – Can’t take a whole day off? Just put on your walking shoes and weather-appropriate outfit and go out for a walk. Take kids out to the playground. Kids love to play in 4-degrees Fahrenheit weather as well as 85-degrees Fahrenheit.

Fifth – What is with New Years Resolutions? Live every day like it is your Birthday, New Year, or whatever you celebrate. It is always a good day, to have a good day

What if you did the Opposite?

  • Do not make new year’s resolutions like everyone else.
  • Make resolutions anytime you want.
  • Follow them immediately.
  • Get into the habit of breaking down your resolutions into many behaviors that will help you achieve your resolutions. Make Behaviours Tiny.
  • Instead of making a resolution that I will publish a book in 2021. (Which I know will overwhelm me and I would have given up around this time.) My tiny behavior is to WRITE EVERY DAY.
  • It is actually even tinier. Here it is – After I settle kids down for their 9 AM virtual school, I will open my WordPress and Click the “Write” button. I talk about productivity and tiny habits in this post here – Greatest Productivity Hack – Do not break the chain. And What has habit got to do with it?

I hope that solves the “Giving up on resolutions” Problem for some of you reading. And if it helped even one person, that made my day!

Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

Winnie the Pooh ~A.A.Milne

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And random joke of the day!

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? The same middle name.

~Do not know the Author. I have no idea who writes these jokes.

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