Many of us are so focused on doing it all that we forget to carve out time for ourselves. But ensuring your own health and happiness is critical. So give yourself permission to take care of yourself — now.
If you put off self-care until work is less busy, your kids are back in school, your house is in order, or some other circumstances are exactly right, you may never get to it.
Start with the basics: We all need sleep, food, and exercise. Ask yourself where you’re deficient and what you can do about it.
Next, ensure self-care is your schedule. Determine how much time you have and what you can do with that time. Then block it off on your calendar — and stick to it. Be sure to prepare yourself for “me time” by eliminating potential distractions or friction between you and your goal.
For example, set a sleep alarm on your phone or lay out your workout clothes the night before. Finally, set firm boundaries by being clear with others about when you’ll be turning your full attention to yourself.