How Can I Make Time For Me?
Some of the very things that can help alleviate the symptoms of a too-busy lifestyle can get put on the back burner because you feel that you don't have the time and energy for them. Here are three things that you should make time for:
1. Meal Planning
Sitting down to plan meals may feel time-consuming, but it can actually save you lots of time and stress. Creating a menu one or even two weeks at a time can eliminate extra trips to the store, and solve the "what's for dinner" question.
Another benefit to meal planning is that it helps you save money. When you don't have to scramble for dinner at the last minute, you are less likely to spend money on fast food. Also, less trips to the store will cut down on your grocery bill.
2. Time To Relax
We live in a culture that values being busy. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that being busy equals being productive but that just isn't the case. Setting time aside to relax or play is essential to well-being and balance. Here are some tips for getting in some "me" time and play time with family:
- Schedule it. If you go, go, go all day, you may find using a timer helps you get some slowing down time. Even fifteen minutes a day can help. Set a timer and during that time do not get up to do chores, answer emails or worry about bills or work.
- Schedule a "date night," or a night or afternoon out with friends at least twice a month – more if you can.
- Give yourself permission to play – whatever that looks like for you. Play is important. It helps recharge your batteries, helps you think more creatively and feel more balanced and grounded.
3. Time For Exercise
Exercise isn't just about losing weight or having toned abs. Regular physical activity is essential for overall well-being.
Getting exercise on a regular basis keeps stress levels down, improves mood and increases your energy levels. It also promotes quality sleep and a healthy immune system. Even 15 minutes a day of exercise can make a huge difference.
If you want to get healthy and fit, but don't know where to start, a personal trainer can help. Ralph Roberts is a personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo. He can create a personalized fitness plan just for you.