Prioritize Your Life: How To Make Time For Yourself

By Kelly McLendon

There are some weeks where every moment of the day seems to be busy. Whether the phone is ringing off the hook, you’re late, or if you have too much crammed into one day, sometimes the hustle and bustle just gets to you.

Here are 5 ways to make more time for you….

Accepting that’s it’s okay to say ‘no.’ Saying ‘yes’ when you really mean ‘no,’ is something many of us struggle with. But going beyond feeling badly and realizing that you must say no in order to keep your sanity, pride or whatever else, is a crucial step in not feeling crushed by obligations. So, before you sign up for another committee or another date you know you won’t really be able to help with, spell it out simply and firmly, with “NO.” You’ll be glad you did.

Going with the flow – and enjoying it. There are some days when everything you thought was going to happen just didn’t pan out because of circumstances beyond your control. So, “roll with the punches” and take this in stride, knowing you did the very best you could to do what needed to be done. And, while you’re at it, enjoy the process! Stuck in traffic? Take the time to call a loved one, listen to your favorite song or even do some exercises you can do in the car – regardless, try not to stress out and drive yourself crazy.

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Taking time for yourself. If life has you caught up in a vicious circle of repeat and re-repeat, it’s time to take your own personal holiday. You don’t need to go out of town, even though that would be nice. You can simply schedule “your own weekend.” Do only the things you want to do—take time for a nap and to relax, slow down your speed and rejuvenate your body. During this time, spend a moment being grateful for everything you have, big and small.

Changing your routine. Feel like you’re stuck in a rut and that every day is exactly the same? Switching up your routine will get your body and creativity flowing. So, change up your schedule and gain new perspective. Try a new workout routine, check out a new restaurant or just alter your morning commute – you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and maybe even reenergized.

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Just Relax. This five-letter word is a challenge. Many of us don’t even know what it means to relax! Well, the first step is to actually make time for relaxation – so schedule it in that jam-packed calendar of yours! Whether you pack your belongings the night before so you can set your alarm half an hour later or splurge on something special you haven’t done in awhile, choose whatever makes you the happiest and enjoy it!

Start now, by pampering yourself with a facial—maybe even a chocolate mask!

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