When last have you had a good laugh? You know, the one that has you tearing up and clapping your hands. And when last have you taken a deep breath, intentionally? While this might seem like a very ‘normal’ thing to do in everyday life, it’s often taken for granted.
After much-needed introspection, you’ll be surprised how little time you set aside for yourself, even to do simple things like having a chuckle or two. While work, family life and everything in between remains a priority, so does your wellbeing.
Take time out of your crazy busy schedule to relax, rejuvenate and recharge:
Schedule appointments with yourself
This might seem pretty far-fetched and a little ‘weird,’ but it’s actually a great way to physically set time aside to spend doing what you really want to. Just like you’ll schedule important meetings with your staff, try doing the same with your own time (and sticking to it).
Nap times are gold
Say goodbye to feeling guilty about taking naps! According to WebMD, a short nap in the mid-afternoon can boost memory, improve job performance, lift your mood, make you more alert, and ease stress. As healthline adds, a certified sleep expert explains that “For most people, the 20- to 30-minute ‘power nap’ is the sweet spot for boosting alertness and focus.”
Record how you spend your time
Accountability is key and ‘time thieves’ are lurking everywhere – the internet, the television and even those responsibilities where you find yourself struggling to ‘say no.’ Keep a record of what’s taking up the most of your time and replace it with healthy alternatives like self-care, catching up on much-needed sleep or exercise.
Find time for a good chuckle
Never underestimate the power of a good ‘ha ha.’ According to Mayo Clinic, laughter is more than just a quick ‘pick-me-up’. It can help to improve your mood, improve your immune system, and ease tension. So take time to have a laugh and start feeling like ‘yourself’ again.
Learn to breathe with intent
Taking a few minutes a day (wherever you are) to just breathe deeply can work wonders. Whether you’re at your desk at work or whipping up something delicious for supper, this can help you to relax. Inhale, exhale.