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Not enough time for self-care

Not enough time for self-care

Many people struggle to find the time to take care of their mental and physical health. It is especially difficult for students and young professionals that find the need to prioritise their learning and work overwhelming. At the end of the day, they have little remaining energy and motivation to focus on themselves.

But, ironically, taking the time for nurturing our mind, body and spirits can help us be more effective.

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The most sustainable self-care solutions come from combining different parts of our lives.

For example, self-care time could enrich your career (a meeting while walking), support your town (tidying up the neighbourhood), or grow your relationships (streaming yoga videos with a friend or family member.)

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Pay attention to how you think regarding making time for yourself. Many people believe they have to overhaul their lifestyle overnight, so they avoid making any changes.

Notice when your mind leans toward the all-or-nothing mentality. Then start to explore small, doable changes. Learn what works for you and what doesn't.

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We all have assumptions about what self-care should look like. But only you really know what your mind, body, and spirit need to excel. Maybe it's unwinding in front of the television. Perhaps it's finding a therapist to support you.

To help you understand what self-care looks like to you, start by noticing what makes you feel energised and what makes you feel drained.

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Many people work with a trade-off mentality - in order to add one thing, we need to take time away somewhere else. There are indeed limits to our time, but this mindset stops us from making positive changes.

The solution to self-care is not to have a better routine. It is to change how we think. We have to reframe how we view the interconnections between the different parts of our lives.

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Self-Care Is Not One-Size Fits All

You have to start giving up most of your vices in order to truly dedicate yourself to self-care and to larger causes. But there are healthy indulgences we can enjoy.

These are defined by small actions we can take that help us restore balance in our lives, and bring us joy and happiness. 

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Nobody cares, and if they do, you shouldn’t care  that they care

Got a new car? Nobody cares. You’ll get some gawkers for a couple of weeks—they don’t care. They’re curious. Three weeks in it’ll be just another shiny blob among all the thousands of others crawling down the freeway and sitting in garages and driveways up and down your street. 

People will care about your car just as much as you care about all of those. Got a new gewgaw? New wardrobe? Went to a swanky restaurant? Exotic vacation? Nobody cares. Don’t base your happiness on people’s caring, because they won’t. And if they do, they either want your stuff or hate you for it.

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How to Get a Good-Night Sleep
  • Have a regular bedtime.
  • Protect your sleep time by saying no to late-night commitments- especially if you know you have a big day following.
  • Invest in good sheets- you deserve them!
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark and cool. 
  • Pamper yourself with an essential oil diffuser and soothing sleep music.
  • Try paid apps like Calm or Aura for sleep stories, meditations, and sound therapy.

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