We all know that there is only 24 hours in a day. But how many hours of stuff do you try and cram in? Making time for you needs to be a priority so you can attend to your health and wellbeing, and be the person you want to be.
I recall one day leaving work and looking at the building towering over me, and I thought “How did this place become me life?”
Perhaps you have had this thought too?
Or maybe you have focussed your life on helping others, and busily fill your time attending to their needs. You may not have even realised that you do not make time for you.
A recent survey of my members showed that making time for themselves, was their biggest barrier to having enough time to change their eating habits.
Make Time for You
#1 Know where your time goes
I strongly encourage completing a time audit for a at least three days. Break your day into 15 to 60 minute time slots.
Once you remove 8 hours for sleep and perhaps 8 to 10 hours for work, you will have 6 to 8 hours left.
You can use a print or electronic diary to complete the audit!
#2 What can you let go of?
From your time audit, identify activities, tasks or responsibilities that someone else could do.
These exist in your work and home life.
Some suggestions in your home life – shopping, help with preparing meals, gardening and house cleaning and ironing.
#3 Use your time wisely
Can you share healthy activities with family and friends e.g. cook lunch together, go hiking or bike riding or join a meditation class?
How much time do you spend watching TV, movies and scanning the internet, including social media?
Many smart phones have a screen time function that lets you know how much time you spend on your phone. Of course, you will have to deduct your work usage first.
#4 How would you use 30 minutes a day for you?
If you had 30 minutes a day of dedicated time for you, what would you choose to do?
- Prepare a meal from whole foods.
- Take a walk.
- Do an online yoga class.
- Listen to a guided meditation.
- Register for an Eating Habit Profile, and get some help putting an action plan in place.
#5 Write down at least 10 benefits from having time for you
Here is a few to get you started:
- Feel healthier.
- Have more energy.
- Less concern about body weight.
- Reduce stress associated with work.
- Feel happier and less grumpy.
- Attend to a health condition.
- Learn what it feels like to just breathe and not worry about anything.
#6 Commit to time for you each day
How much time are you going to have for you each day?
Can you find 10 minutes three times a day?
Write down the amount of time that you are committing to.
#7 Schedule “you time” in your diary
Your appointment with yourself for exercise, meditation, planning healthier meals or having a soak in an aromatherapy bath, is as important as any other appointment in your diary.
In fact. It is more important.
Put “you time” in your diary now!
I understand that if “you time” is a new concept for you, then you might appreciate some assistance.
If you would like to make health and wellbeing a priority for you, but are not quite sure where to start, then you are welcome to join me in an eating habit profile.
In the call we identify your biggest barrier to changing the way you eat – and this is often time!
I get you started with a personalised tip that you can put into action immediately.
I offer the calls for free as I know you have probably tried many diets and programs, and you now want something that works.