There are 24 hours in a day. How do you spend them? You might be thinking, especially now with more people being home or more time on the frontlines, "I work", "I take care of my kids", "I help my child with e-learning", "I'm taking care of my parents"...where do you fall into this? You, yes YOU, are the common denominator to make all this happen. Who takes care of you, so you can do all of this? When do you take care of you, so you can do all of this?
Here's the long of the short of it...you are in charge of your self-care. You choose how you spend the 24 hours that are in the day. Let's break this down. Generally speaking and in line with health standards, people get 6-8 hours of sleep a night. That leaves you with 16-18 hours left. If you work, you may work 8-10 hour days (give or take). Now, that leaves you with 6-8 hours. You then may need to assist your kids with homework or the aftermath of e-learning; let's say that's about 2-4 hours. You now have about 4-6 hours. That's a lot of time. Maybe some of that is spent getting ready for your day or putting the kids down at night. O.k., so minus another 2 hours. You have 2-4 hours left. That's still a lot of time.
No excuses when it comes to self-care. Easier said then done, however, it's possible to have this mentality. Who's stopping you...you? Likely. Take out your weekly calendar. Schedule in 5 minutes a day of self-care time to start. Work your way up to 15 minutes throughout the week each day. By end of week 2, shoot for 30 minutes. Whether it's 5 minutes or 30 minutes, any amount helps to rejuvenate you more than 0 minutes.
I own my own business, consult with 2 others and work full time in private practice. I'm married, have 2 young kids and a puppy. I practice self-care regularly. As my seasons have changed, I have needed to change when and how I do self-care practices but the key is still keeping it in my 24-hour day, somewhere.
Like right now, I kid-you-not, I'm doing squats as I type this!
Yes, you read that correctly.
If you don't take care of you, you are no good to anyone else. Being the common denominator, you need to ensure that denominator stays present.
Remember, no one is going to take care of you like you can take care for you, and no one is going to do it for you. There are 24 hours in a day, you choose how you spend those hours. No excuses.