How To Take Care Of Yourself With A Busy Schedule
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How to take care of yourself with a busy schedule

As a working adult who has a family, you will know how busy life can get. Having to juggle your marital and child duties with your career commitments, and then having to fit sleeping somewhere in there — it can all become a bit of a struggle at times. This post is about how to take care of yourself with a busy schedule.

If you’re not careful, this busy schedule of yours will do you more harm than it will good. It will wear you down, both physically and mentally, and it will leave you wondering ‘How did I get here?’

Quite simply, no matter how hectic life may be for you, you need to take care of yourself. To find the best ways to do just that, make sure to read on.

Take time out of each day just to think

Before you know it, your life will be that busy, you won’t have any time to stop and think. This can be catastrophic for your mental health, however, as it will just result in your worries, anxieties and apprehensions building up and building up until they are incredibly difficult to overcome. For this reason, no matter how busy you may be, you should take some time out of each day just to think. Lock yourself in your bedroom or run a nice hot bath — whatever you can do to escape everyone, if only for a short while, do it.

Once you’re in your safe space, you should think about everything that is worrying you. You should consider the root of each problem that you have in life, and you should think about ways to alleviate your stresses. This will result in you having a cleaner slate of mental health, no matter how hectic your life might be.

Concentrate on your breathing

By working on the way in which you breathe, you’ll find it easier to de-stress even in the most stressful of situations.

One form of breathing that you should embrace is the 4-7-8 technique. This involves you inhaling through your nose for four seconds, holding your breath for seven, and then exhaling through your mouth for eight. This will get some much-needed oxygen to all of your vital tissues and organs, and it will hit the reset button on your stress levels.

Share your burdens as often as you can

Sharing your burdens with others is not a problem, and you should never be made to feel like it is. If your schedule simply won’t allow you to pick up the kids from school but your other half’s will, for instance, then, no matter what he or she says on the matter, ask them to do it. No, tell them to do it!

If your schedule does ever get on top of you, then you should know that it is also okay to take some time to deal with your personal problems. If you find yourself abusing a substance or struggling mentally as a result of your hectic life, for example, then you should be open to accepting help from a professional rehabilitation provider, such as that found at Sharing your burdens in this way could not only allow you to fit more in your schedule going forward, but it may also save your life.

When you don’t take some time to sit back and enjoy the ride, the rollercoaster that is life will be over before you know it. So make sure to take care of yourself, no matter how busy your schedule may be.

You should also check out how you should look after yourself during busy holiday periods when you have even more on your full plate.

Do you have tips on how to take care of yourself with a busy schedule?

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  • Millie

    Whilst I don’t have a family to look after, I have just started a new job and getting the hand of a schedule that doesn’t drive insane with stress has been an experiment! Thanks for these tips 🙂

  • stickymudandbellylaughs

    Sound advice! It can be tricky trying to juggle everything at once. A good walk does me the world of good.

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. x

  • Rachel - Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles

    Great tips here. My life is so busy with kids and working part time, but I rarely take time for myself. I had a good grumble about it with a friend this morning actually! What really narks me though is my husband’s attitude of, I ONLY work part-time so what am I filling my “time off” with? Never mind the early get ups, the school runs, playgroup ( youngest child does need to learn to socialise and play!), the housework, washing, looking after the dogs, cooking tea, picking kids up, bedtime routine, children’s homework and reading, then getting my planning and prep/marking out for work (I’m a teacher)… I wish he understood that actually I’m as entitled as him to take a break but I rarely do. I don’t even have the luxury of going to the bathroom in peace! I mean, what DO men get up to in there for 40 minutes alone after work?! Haha. Rant over! I WILL take some more time for myself, thank you for sharing. #MMBC

  • Mrs Nuttall Says

    Great great post and one I needed to read today. I forgot how important it is to share the burden sometimes and how much it can help to just get my thoughts out of my brain!

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