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How to Make Yourself a Priority and Mean It

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us know we need to take care of ourselves, but taking care of everybody and everything else may simply swallow all of the available time.

When my kids were small, I considered it a luxury to just have time to sit and read. Later, I had time to read, but there were a million other things to do too. Eventually I learned to set aside time for lunches with friends, workouts at the gym, and classes that I wanted to take. Not surprising, everyone and everything else managed to survive, too.

San Jose counselor and therapist Sharon Martin says self-care means making yourself a priority. When you believe you are a priority, you will make room in your schedule for some of the things that you want to do. In the process, Martin says you will avoid burnout as you maintain good mental and physical health.

At the same time, Martin says, everybody else will benefit from the trickle down effect that is created. When you maintain a balance between your needs and those of your spouse, employer and kids, you may find you have more energy, enthusiasm, and resilience to share. I found an hour or two away each week was all I needed to maintain my equilibrium. If I missed out on that time, the week began to seem awfully long by Wednesday.

Whatever it takes to stay in touch with yourself, make the room on your schedule and do it. You may be amazed at the difference in how much better you feel.

A friend of mine always made room for a weekly yoga class, even when her children were small. She said she was a better mom, friend and worker when she used that hour each week to let go of stress and strengthen her body.

How to Get Started

Actually put times on your calendar to make these breaks a part of your regular schedule. Then start building a list of things that you really want to do. Over time, the best ones will resurface.

What would you do if you had an extra hour each week? 

  • Have coffee with an old friend
  • Just browse in your favorite bookstore
  • Sit and watch the sunset
  • Read for pleasure
  • Get a massage
  • Take that yoga or tai chi class
  • Learn a new skill
  • Walk, run or bike

As that hour or more each week becomes part of your regular routine, your list may grow. Enjoy!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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