There’s nothing better, and at times worse, than being incredibly busy. Quite often when things are quiet, we wish we were busy, and when things get busy, we wish we had some time to ourselves – as is the way of life! In those busy periods, it can be difficult to find any time for ourselves, and ultimately, we tend to end up being neglectful towards our own needs. Regardless of how motivated you might feel, it’s important to remember that every single person needs to take the time to look after themselves. If you’re super busy at the moment, here are some ways that you can look after yourself.
Leave Your Work, at Work
Is work stressing you out?
It really doesn’t matter what you do for it. You could work online for a marketing company like RankWarrior.com, or you could be a dog walker who gets all of the fresh air in the world – either way, you end up with some sort of work induced stress.
The best way to deal with working stress, is to leave it at work. Most of us, especially those who have access to work online, have an issue with leaving work at work. A lot of the time this is because we can access it so readily, that if something is weighing on our mind, we can’t resist.
However for the sake of having a healthy mind, here’s what we should be doing. From whatever time you officially finish work (between five and six for most), and when the weekend finally appears, LEAVE WORK AT WORK.
Even if it takes you an hour or so to unwind, take that time. If it means leaving work until tomorrow or Monday, it’s worth it.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is one of the greatest healers in life. Getting a decent night’s sleep is the answer to truly looking after yourself, however so many of us struggle to actually do it. Why is that the case?
Much like leaving work at work, leave your busy stressful head at the door the moment you enter your bedroom. This is supposed to be a place of tranquillity and relaxation, so make it so.
Have a hot bath, light a candle and spray some lavender on your pillow. Natural herbs such as camomile which can be found in a pleasant tasting tea can help you in drifting off, and reading a book before bed is a well known remedy for the busy brain.
Furthermore, come off your phone at least an hour before sleep time! Being on social media before bed immediately connects us to the world around us, when really this should be the time for you. as well as this, staring at a screen is proven to disrupt your brain if you do it too close to sleep time. Make an effort to put your phone on “do not disturb” mode, and occupy yourself with something more relaxing.
Do Some Exercise
Exercise isn’t all about losing weight. If you can manage to squeeze it in, it’s a great way of looking after your body and your mind.
Not only does it make you feel fitter, and more equipped to deal with whatever life throws your way, but it’s also a great destressing tool. Exercising releases endorphins into our systems, which overall makes us feel happier, and in a better mood. It can seem like a lot of effort sometimes, but if you find something you enjoy, you’ll begin to look forwards to it.
It could be yoga, hiking, the gym or even just a brisk walk for twenty minutes. Anything that raises your heart rate and gets some colour into your cheeks is great for you, so make the effort to fit it in.
Call Your Mum – or a Friend
Last of all, call your Mum – or a friend – and have a good rant.
From experience, there’s nothing quite like having a rant to your Mum or asking her for some advice when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with life. If you’re not close to your Mum or have someone else you’d rather call, the same applies.
The simple matter of voicing how you feel helps you to understand it, and also minimalizes the worries you have that are going around your head. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies, and we make things seem worse than they are – and speaking to someone close to us can help us to realise that everything is okay. You’re busy, sure – but it’ll pass, and you’re strong enough to get through it. That’s a certainty.