For many of us these days, life moves pretty fast.
With a packed schedule every day—working long hours, taking care of children (even elderly parents), managing the house, spending time with your partner—it may feel like you’re running on a perpetual treadmill. You’re stressed, exhausted and your bucket is empty.
In times like these, one person who is often neglected is yourself. However, research shows taking time for numero uno (that’s you) when you’re busy is not only necessary—it’s good for your health.
“Being well and taking care of ourselves are critically important,” said Brendon Comer, a licensed clinical social worker at Banner Health in Colorado. “What happens, however, is that we put it off for the future … a future that may be weeks or months away.”
“But I don’t have time.”
“It’s too expensive.”
“I feel guilty putting myself first.”
Hey, it’s easy to make excuses, but integrating small, daily habits into your busy routine are some of the best ways to help your mind and body thrive.
Comer shares six ways to sneak self-care into your busy life.
“Taking small opportunities to care for ourselves and manage stressors can go a long way in doing our best and staying well,” Comer said. “Our families need us.”