Finding time for yourself when you are over-the-top busy can seem impossible, can’t it? Your To Do List is overflowing, and there’s a back-log of tasks left over from yesterday (and maybe the day before) as well. You are running from one thing to another, and can’t see any breathing space on the horizon.
How often do you have a day like that? More often than you’d like, I am guessing. In our fast-paced, plugged-in, super-scheduled world, it is easy to do this to ourselves.
I am a big proponent of time boundaries, and would generally advise you to schedule in time for self-care, even when you’re jam-packed with tasks. But I know that’s not always possible. So when you can’t even find 10 or 15 minutes for yourself, what can you do?
Here’s where you need to become a multi-tasker. Scan your schedule and look for the times when you will either be moving from one task to another, or when you will be doing something that doesn’t require your full attention. Make these your times for briefly focusing on your breathing, mentally checking in with yourself, giving yourself a pat on the back, and remembering things that you are grateful for.
I’d encourage you to, at your leisure, come up with a menu that works for you. Maybe there are some affirmations that are particularly meaningful. Maybe simply focusing on your breathing or thinking of 3 gratitudes is grounding and revitalizing.
Whatever it is for you, finding time for self-care, even in the midst of your busiest days, is always within your grasp. You can give yourself what you need, no matter what your situation. Remembering this is a huge asset, as you navigate your busy life!
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Let’s explore time together …
© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.