Being busy can be a good thing. When you create a full schedule that is also manageable, you can enjoy all the perks of staying busy. However, when your schedule becomes too busy and you feel burned out or overwhelmed, you may start to struggle. Your busy schedule may not be leaving enough time to care for your mental health. Sometimes, it requires active pausing to practice self-care, especially when you are constantly busy. These are a few ways that you can take care of yourself when you have a busy schedule.
One of the best rules of thumb is to not avoid sleep. Many busy people think that they can sacrifice sleep to be productive, and this can be a dangerous habit. Quality sleep is imperative to a healthy mind and body. While a late night here and there is okay, you should focus on getting quality sleep and avoid making these all-nighters a habit.
When you already have a full schedule, you need to learn the power of ‘no.’ Setting boundaries is important for protecting the only time you keep in your schedule for yourself. Although you may feel guilty for saying ‘no’ to friends and family when you have a gap in your calendar, you may have intended to spend that time relaxing, sleeping, or just staying home.
If slowing down is difficult for you, it may be time to practice some mindfulness. Although it may feel tough at first, you should stick to your practice of mindfulness by taking up yoga, meditating, journaling, or just listening to calming music each morning. These activities can ground and center you, which can help to start each day on the right foot.
If you are schedule oriented, you may actually want to pencil in time to take care of yourself. See a free block of time? Go to the spa or just schedule time to stay home and watch a movie. Notice a lunch that is not already taken up by a work meeting? Get lunch on the go and take a walk through a nearby park. When you schedule time for yourself, you can finally prioritize your self-care by treating it like another appointment in individual therapy in Orlando.
A cluttered home can lead to a cluttered mind. When you are always busy, your home can also suffer. Make sure that you take time to clean and organize your space so that you do not feel the negative effects of a dirty, disorganized home. As you care for your home, you may start to feel clarity and let space in your mind for positive thoughts.
These are just a few ways that you can take care of yourself, even when you have the busiest schedule. If are constantly on-the-go, you want to make sure to slow down and take care of your mental health. If you want to talk with a professional, contact us to hear more about our individual therapy in Orlando today.
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.