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It is a Monday and it is another week to get busy. For many who have a very tight schedule. They are very busy that they do not allow time to themselves. You go to sleep each night with the intention of carving out some “me” time tomorrow. Then before you know it, a couple of days will turn into a month, and a month will turn into a year. But that day will never come. To this end, these important self-care tips will help you if you are very busy.

Start exercising

You likely know exercising reduces the chance of you developing heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. However, did you know that exercise also protects your memory and thinking skills? Studies suggest that the part of your brain that controls your thinking and memory have “greater volume” in people who exercise. The recommended amount of exercise per week is 150 minutes, but it is okay if you start small and work your way up.

Take a Vacation

You do not think you have time to take a vacation and you may be right in some regards. But, there is a saying that people sacrifice their health to attain wealth and then, they spend their wealth trying to buy back their health. You do not want to stress yourself out to the point that you are making yourself sick. You do not need to take a cruise or anything grand. You can simply take an afternoon and promise not to answer any calls or check any emails.  Spend that time as you see fit. You can use that time to clean or iron your clothes for the week. You can go finish that movie or book you just have not had the time to complete. It is up to you, as long as you are disconnecting from the stresses of your normal life.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in saying no

People pleasing tendencies are inside all of us. If you have ever gone along to get along, then you need to start saying no more. It is physically and emotionally draining to do something you do not want to do. The good news is, you can say no. So what if someone does not like you! The reality is doing something you do not want to do is only forcing people into your life that you would be better without. That is why it is critical for you to be your authentic self in all interactions. You will save plenty of time and money when you are honest and let people know how you feel.

Connect with your inner self

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful self-care tip for the busy person. You can accomplish mindfulness meditation in as little as a few minutes. All you need to do is focus on the present. One of the easiest ways to practice mindfulness meditation is to focus on one of your five senses. Your senses are always in the present, so focusing on them will help you to be mindful of what is going on in the here and now. The benefits of mindfulness meditation are numerous. It can help you to increase your ability to regulate emotions, as well as manage your stress and anxiety.

Let go of the past

You got to stop holding on to old stuff. Whether you hurt someone or someone hurt you, you need to forgive and move on. The past cannot be changed, nor does it guarantee your future. You have the ability to make decisions that will positively alter your life every day.

By: Damilola Faustino

 

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