5 Ways to Find Time for Yourself in Life

productivity self-care wellness Oct 11, 2021

Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, a giver or a taker, making time for yourself in life is important. Some people naturally seem to make more time for themselves to relax and wind down, while others seem to be constantly on the go. If you feel like you're often making time for other people, here are some of the ways you can make some changes so that there is some time for yourself too. 

1. Make plans with yourself

You might have to consciously make an effort to plan time with yourself. An example of this is giving yourself one or two evenings per week just for you. You could keep Thursdays free for yourself after work, or if you’re an entrepreneur with a flexible schedule, block off your calendar on Monday afternoons for a self-care activity or rest. Scheduling this time aside for yourself ensures you don't miss out on that all-important time to recharge. 

2. Leave work on time (or early)

Whether it's a Friday and you've booked the next week off, or it's a Wednesday and you're feeling the week dragging, leaving work on time is vital to achieving a healthy work-life balance and making time for yourself. Speak to your manager if you don't manage to leave the office on time most days. Ask to leave early on certain days if you're working overtime in the week - because there is so much more to life than making a living.

3. Spend time with people who make you feel good

Making time for yourself isn't just about spending time by yourself. It's about doing the things that make you feel happy. Spending time with the people who love you and make you feel good about yourself is a great way to boost your self esteem and confidence, while giving you an opportunity to vent and enjoy good company.

4. Get into the habit of meditating

The benefits of meditation are becoming more well-known, and though it can be a difficult practice to start, setting aside just 10 minutes out of your day to meditate and think deeply about yourself and the world around you can have many benefits. Meditate in the morning before you start your day in order to get off to a positive start, or if you struggle to “sit in the silence”, you may find journaling, a gratitude practice or tapping (search Emotional Freedom Technique on YouTube) to provide the same inner calm.

5. Take a break

Whether you have kids or not, it’s important to take a break every now and then - regardless of how busy it's getting in the office and how many odd jobs there are to do around the home. Schedule a weekend away with family or friends, or take a “staycation” and use the time to completely relax and step back from your usual responsibilities and stress. You’ll find that giving yourself space to recharge from the will allow you to show up fully when you return to the everyday grind.

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