Motivate yourself to take self-care breaks using these tips and tricks

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It’s easy to let healthy living take a back seat when your life gets busy. But studies show that taking care of yourself by eating well, sleeping, being physically active, and participating in activities that bring you happiness and joy, is actually extremely important during stressful times to help you manage stress and feel energized. So how can you find time for all these other things when you’ve got important deadlines to hit or competing priorities?

  1. Change your mindset.
    Don’t look at your self-care activities as just another thing on your growing list of things to do. Try to change the way you look at these activities to view them as investments in refreshing your mind, fueling your body, and energizing yourself to tackle the to-do list.
  2. Use the Pomodoro Technique.
    This technique involves setting a timer when you sit down to start work and, after the timer goes off, taking a short break to refresh your mind and make it easier to carry on with the task at hand. Basically, you decide on a task to complete, set a timer for your decided work interval time, stop working when the timer goes off, and then take a break. The Pomodoro Technique or variants of it is used in software development.
  3. Schedule your self-care time into your day using a paper layout.
    Use your bullet journal, if you are already into journaling, to put your self-care activities into the calendar and to plan out your healthy meals for the week. There are lots of great layouts for healthy habit tracking out there. Or if bullet journals aren’t your thing, print out a weekly timetable and plan out your self-care activities there.
  4. Schedule your self-care time into your phone.
    Use your phone’s calendar function to put time into your week for eating, exercising, sleep, and enjoyable activities. If you are the type to dismiss notifications, make those appointments have two different types of reminders and make a commitment to yourself to honour your needs.

It can be difficult to justify spending time on yourself when you are so busy. However, scheduling time into your life to take care of yourself will benefit you in the longer run, helping you to feel more energized, awake, and focused for the important tasks you have ahead of you.

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