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How to Make Time for Yourself

By Randi Morse

Every time I turn around I see blog posts and  social media memes telling me that I need to take the time to take care of myself. 

"Focus on taking care of your mental health." 

"Make sure you drink enough water!" 

"Spend time at the gym, your physical health is important!" 

While it's great to focus on making sure you take time to take care of yourself, finding that time can be absolutely ridiculous. Especially if you have a family and a demanding job. There are a few ways, though, that you can carve out some time for yourself on a weekly basis.

Lean On Them

When I first went back to school as a full-time student, while working at the same time, I was extremely overwhelmed. I cried to my best friend that I couldn't do it, there weren't enough hours in the day. She reminded me that I have a family who is there to help and that I needed to lean on them a lot more. As a mom you get so used to doing everything that you forget there are plenty of other hands in the household that can help you. Even young children can be held responsible for some chores, like setting the table for dinner or helping to clear the table once dinner is over. Sit down and talk with your family, explain you're looking to get a little more time out of your day and ask what they would be willing to help with. Then sit back and allow them to do those chores. They might not do them perfectly, or exactly as you'd like, but at least the chores are getting done and you are getting a little extra time in your day. 

Social Engagements

I was really looking forward to a lunch date with two friends of mine a few weeks ago when, the morning of our lunch date, one of the friends cancel on us. She wasn't sick, there was no emergency, but she explained that she had been working almost 72 hours straight and that she needed to sleep. While it can be refreshing to spend time with family and friends, if you are feeling run down and need some time to yourself, don't hesitate to explain that to your friends. Take the time you need to relax and recover and  know that good friends will understand and even approve of your choice.

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

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