Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How To Make Time For Yourself

Hello Friends!

We are all busy, it is constantly something. I'm constantly waiting for something. It was waiting for high school graduation, then waiting for college graduation, then waiting for grad school, and waiting for the perfect job, waiting, waiting, waiting. As humans, we are always waiting for something better, something more exciting to come along. As I recently wrote after finishing my 101 in 1001 days, it is important to make time for the things that are important for us.

Like I said then, what if we weren't waiting? What if we practiced making time for ourselves and doing what we love on a daily basis? (Funny enough April is official Stress Awareness Month, so hopefully this will help!)

one// Unplug

I know, I know, I know! This is always the first advice in everything. It really is a constant struggle of putting down social media, and being present with yourself. In this day and age, it is incredibly easy to get caught up in the hole that is social media and the internet. Overusing social media, or using it inappropriately (i.e. at the dinner table) is something that almost everyone does. Some times we need someone to call us out on our overuse. We, also, have to learn to be self-aware and check ourselves every once in a while. Its okay and normal to want to update your channels, but we also need to take a break. Apparently, adults, 18-34, typically spend over 3.5 hours on social media per day. Posting does NOT take that long. It is the scrolling and scrolling through our feeds that do, but that does NOT count as making time for yourself. Take one of those hours and do something for YOU. Something that will have real IMPACT on your life. 

two// Plan Ahead

You guys know me already, you know how much I LOVE planning things. How I like to have a schedule. I have found that by scheduling "me" time, you need to take it more seriously. It is important to stick to your schedule as much as possible.

three// Delegate

This one can be tricky. Especially for my control freaks out there! It is hard when you are already very critical of your own work, yet won't relinquish control because while its not perfect you know its better than how someone else could've done it. The thing is that is not necessarily true. The wonderful thing about this world is that each person has different sets of skills and strengths! Don't be afraid to ask others for help. Whether it be at work, school, or wherever in life, it is okay to let someone else take control for once. You don't need to do everything on your own. It shows great strength to ask for help.

four// Prioritize

Make yourself a priority!! You cannot be your most efficient self if you're constantly stressed and/or overworked. Like I said, add yourself to your schedule and you will appreciate the benefits that both your work and your overall mental health will reap later.

five// Say No

It is not always easy to say no and a lot of us suffer from FOMO. It is okay to be outgoing and willing to go with the flow and take on whatever comes your way, but you have to know how to say no. You need to know your limit and how not to go over it. The best way of doing this is weighing the pros and cons of whatever situation you're considering getting yourself into. If the cons outweigh the pros, then you need to decline. You need to analyze before saying yes as well, of course! You do not want to be overwhelmed later on.

What do you do to relax and take "me time"? I'd love to hear your ideas!