“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”-Audre Lorde
Self-care is a word you’ve probably seen everywhere on the internet. To some, it may just look like another trend that everyone has caught on to, but it’s actually really important to practice. It’s not about expensive spa days, shopping sprees, or nights out. It can be as small as reading a book, taking a walk, or taking a bubble bath. It’s a therapeutic practice that contributes to your body mentally, physically, and emotionally.
When having a busy schedule, it’s easy to get caught up and put your self-care routine aside to get whatever work you have done. During my last semester, I was constantly running back and forth across campus barely having time to stop and breathe. Don’t get me wrong, I like being busy, but I wasn’t making sure that I was eating, getting enough sleep, you know, all the things a human being needs to properly function. Most days I felt tired and off.
In these past few weeks, I’ve been making sure that whatever I do I set aside some time in my schedule for myself. Here are 3 things that help me squeeze in a self-care hour or day into my crazy schedule.
Planning out your week in advance is a tremendous help because it allows you to see what day or hours you can set aside for yourself. I like to plan out my weeks every Sunday night, which is usually my self-care day, so I can see what’s coming up for the week and where I can take time off. I write everything out on a sticky note that I have going on for the week and then write it in my planner to make sure I don’t forget anything. Sometimes Sundays can’t be my self-care day because school, work, life comes with a lot of changes. So if that’s the case for that week, planning ahead helps me see what I can move around on my schedule.
When having a busy schedule time management is key and can help you make time for yourself. It takes a lot of prioritizing and self-discipline, but once you get into a routine, it becomes automatic and you don’t have to put much thought into it. I like to use a Passion Planner because it has the days blocked out in time slots for you and has spaces to make to-do lists. The hardest part of time management though is that unexpected things do come up, but it’s okay to shift your schedule around to make sure you get that me-time. Waking up early can also help with time management. Getting more hours into your days gives you a lot more time to get things done.
*Tip* If you like sleeping in and want to break that habit try setting an alarm an hour before the time you usually wake up. Move the time back each week until your body becomes used to waking up early.
Set A Reminder
Post-it notes, Google Calendar, alarms. Those are just a few things you can use to remind yourself to do even the smallest bit of self-care. Simple things like making sure you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner or taking a 20-minute break from homework. Having a visual reminder within reach makes it easy for me because I’m very forgetful, yes, even with things like feeding myself. Once you constantly remind yourself it becomes a habit.
Setting up a self-care routine and maintaining will be hard at first especially if you don’t easily adapt. If you’re new to practicing this don’t feel guilty or see it as selfish, everyone needs some “me” time every once in a while to make sure that you are okay and have the energy.
Comment below what you do to make sure to practice self-care with a busy schedule.
Until next time!