“Managing” time for yourself!

You’re constantly on the go…going to appointments, going to work, getting groceries,  taking your child to day care. The list goes on and on. What we often forget in our never-ending to-do list is that one of the best ways to manage the stress in our daily lives is to take time out for self-care.

Part of the difficulty with finding this balance as a parent is the enormous amount of tasks that we have to do.  It can become very overwhelming.

First off, you need to be able to identify what your trouble areas are.

Is it caring for your baby/children, managing your home, work/life adjustment, feeling lonely, etc.?

Then you should take some time to evaluate where you can find solutions, get help or adjust your situation even if it is assessing how long.

Here are some things to consider.

  • Can you change of the things you need to do?
  • Can you get help?
  • Will your partner pick up some of these tasks?
  • Can you find ways to make them more enjoyable?
  • If you can’t change them now, can you make a plan? Identify long-term goals how long you will be doing this?

Also, remember to focus on tasks that you do enjoy.  It is beneficial to identify the things that give you pleasure, so you can then allow for them to be present when you are doing the more undesired tasks.

Now that you have managed your tasks, think of things you enjoy doing, whether it is going for a bike ride, yoga, or a long walk.  Maybe you also enjoy getting pedicures or there is a book club you would like to attend.  It is important too remember to take care of yourself in order for you to be effectively take of your family and enjoy doing it.

When was the last time you took the time out of your day to do something YOU ENJOY doing?  What brings you some well-deserved relaxation?