Whew. Life is extra hard these days. You’d think it would be quieter, but for me, it’s busier than ever. Then with the stress of everything that’s happening – boy oh boy, I’m exhausted. These tips for How to Take Care of Yourself When Life Gets Busy help me recharge and destress.
Sometimes life can get really hectic. Work may be a hassle; there may be personal or family issues to deal with, etc. Add in a worldwide pandemic and societal issues and it just takes it right over the top.
During these sorts of trying times, it can become extremely difficult to take care of yourself. If you find yourself in such a situation, hopefully, this article will be of some use.
How to Take Care of Yourself When Life Gets Busy
You’ll discover some easy but still effective ways to take care of yourself. both mentally and physically, when life gets busy or the stress is just too much.
Step Away from Social Media
If possible, you should always try to keep away from social media when life is being difficult.
Even when you are busy, you would be shocked at how much time you end up wasting on social media (all those 1-minute Twitter sessions add up).
Stepping away from social media will not only save you some potentially valuable time, but it also helps you get away from the general toxicity of social media.
I am a person who likes to stay very well-informed. I’m a science and history nerd. I also have a degree in Political Science. But still, I need to balance my need for information with my need for serenity.
Try to Combine Exercise With Other Things
You may not have time to exercise, but you probably have time to exercise while doing other things. There are plenty of exercise routines that you can do while doing other things.
For example, need to make some phone calls? Why not take a long walk while doing them? You get things done and you get some exercise, it’s a win-win.
Take Time for Something You Love.
I know. It’s busy. It’s stressful. You feel like you simply don’t have the time or energy to add anything into your life.
I find that even just 10 minutes of reading a book can help me unwind and release some of the tension I’m feeling. Or I pick up my latest quilt or cross-stitch project and work on it for a bit.
It doesn’t have to be a huge time investment to make an impact.
Don’t Be Afraid to Call In Backup
You probably don’t like to be a bother to others, and that’s admirable, but sometimes when life has you down, it is a good idea to swallow your pride and call in some backup.
If you need help with kids, don’t be afraid to call in the grandparents (if it’s safe and allowed in your area currently). Try asking siblings or close friends for help – or simply get on a video chat to get some advice and support!
Cook Healthy Meals in Advance
A lot of people resort to unhealthy junk food when life gets really busy, but you don’t need to do that. Cooking healthy meals in advance is both cost-effective and very easy.
Pick a day, preferably near the start of the week, and start cooking. Look up inexpensive, healthy recipes that you can cook and freeze.
Then, during the busy workweek, you simply have to take out the meal, put it in the oven or microwave, and you have a healthy, delicious meal ready to go.
Head Outside for Some Fresh Air
Fresh air is almost magical in the effect it can have on me. I instantly begin to relax when I go outside.
It helps me sleep better. No, really! Every time I’ve been outside for some fresh air, I find that I sleep a little bit better that night.
Remember, you can combine outdoor time with other things. Take your laptop out there to work if you have to!
Make Time For Sleep
Getting enough sleep is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the holidays or stressful and busy times. However, this is exactly the time when you should be resting and sleeping even more.
If slowing down to rest and sleep seems difficult for you, start with quiet time where you just sit and focus on your breathing. Let your mind wander and then gently bring it back to focus on your breathing.
Repeat this pattern as often as you need to. You may be surprised to find that you nod off. Mission accomplished!
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