Making yourself a priority when you’re feeling overloaded may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes it’s the very best thing you can do. Learning how to take time for yourself can lower stress and increase productivity and focus (plus, help you be a better, happier human in general) during the rest of your day and week.
How to find time is another question, entirely! For a little inspiration, here are a dozen of the coaches’ favorite ways to schedule quality “me time,” so you can start taking your own sweet self less for granted.
Make mindfulness part of your daily routine. All it takes is paying close attention to what you are doing in the moment (brushing your teeth, eating a meal, washing dishes, driving, waiting in line, etc.) rather than going on auto-pilot. “The basic idea is to take in all the details–sight, sound, smell, taste and feel–of whatever activity you choose, rather than letting your mind wander,” says Coach Eden. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Making this a regular part of your day can help you stay calm in challenging or emotionally-charged situations, too.
Self-care can sound overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. It could mean just ten minutes a day to take time for yourself, and you might be surprised at what a difference it makes. Reach out to your coaches in-app if you need some extra ideas or support!