Last fall, I blogged about the importance of getting to know yourself — really getting in touch with your feelings, beliefs and values. Leading a balanced, fulfilled life means knowing and understanding what your soul needs and craves. I gave you five ways to get to know yourself, but we didn’t discuss how to carve out time for this. So many of my clients lead such busy, over-filled lives, and when I encourage them to take part in exercises like these, they just can’t imagine how they can fit them in. Let’s talk about some ways to make time for one of the most important people in your life — YOU!
Carving Out the Time
I know that with the busy pace of our daily lives it can be stressful simply thinking about adding in one more thing. But what I’m asking you to add in, time to get (and stay) in touch with yourself, is well worth it and will create peace and harmony in other areas of your life, as well. Here are a few ways to carve our time for you:
- Track your time usage. For one week, track everything you do each day. I mean to the minute! It sounds tedious, but it’s a fantastic, eye-opening experience that will reveal to you how you are spending your time and where you could tighten up your schedule to create that me-time you need. Are you checking your email 10 times a day? Schedule time in the morning and evening to be doing this and win back those minutes throughout the day. How are you using your lunch break? Could you spend the time reading a personal development book twice a week instead of socializing? There are always ways to find time for getting to know yourself and finding fulfillment if you closely examine your time management methods.
- Learn to say “no.” When you’re asked to chair that PTA fundraiser, be the social director at work and take on a lead role in your neighborhood association all at the same time, learn to say “no.” While yes, it’s wonderful to help your community in so many ways, it’s important to be sure you’re investing time in yourself, too. People say in order to be a better wife, husband, mother, father or friend, you have to take care of yourself first. Heed this wise advice, opt out of some commitments and take care of you. Every “no” is a yes to something else.
- Make the most of short periods of time. Getting in touch with yourself doesn’t mean you have to isolate yourself for hours on end. Just 15-30 minutes can be enough time for you to slow down, focus on your needs and reap the benefits. Start small with lunch hours, listening to meaningful books on tape during your commute or getting up 15 minutes earlier each morning. You can do this for yourself! Join us for our next mini-retreat and take some time for you!
Getting to know yourself and what feeds your soul is a wonderful step toward achieving purposeful living and wellness. Contact me to begin your individualized wellness plan. Together we’ll set goals, discuss advocacy and establish accountability. Are you ready to make that change?
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.