Start Putting Yourself at the Top of Your To-Do List Today

I can't overstate the power of taking time for yourself each day. I used to believe that in order to be successful I needed to fill every minute with work and activities, that being idle meant I wasn't doing enough with my day! I still believe in working hard and staying busy but I have learned that managing my schedule better and creating time for myself each day makes me more productive, easier to be around and overall happier.

I know it doesn't sound easy, and for many people reading this, the idea of carving time out of your day to do something for yourself sounds like an incredibly daunting task. Many of us live lives that are dictated by meetings on a calendar -- I hear you! I am not suggesting that you neglect your duties and wipe your schedule clean in order to sit on a mat and meditate. You do not need to create hours and hours of free time to give this a try. There are a lot of small ways that you can find time to do something that is just for your benefit.

The method that has been most effective for me has been waking up just a little bit earlier than I used to. This gives me time to do a variety of different things that help me start my day nicely. One of my favorite "me time" activities is going to the gym in the morning. It is healthy, it wakes me up and most importantly it is something that is 100% for me. As much as I encourage sticking to a routine it's ok to be flexible, there are times that I am not able to go to the gym in the morning. I try not to beat myself up about it, it's important to be gentle with yourself. On those days I either swap my schedule and go at night or I substitute with another activity that makes me feel good such as taking a walk, getting a mani/pedi or reading a book. 

There isn't a right way or a wrong way to do this, as long as you are finding some time to do something that is just for you it will help you reboot, get in touch with your personal thoughts and give you a chance to rediscover what your body and mind need. It can be as much or as little time as you are able to devote. When we take time for ourselves (even if it is just a few minutes of solitude) we are practicing good self-love habits which will improve our relationships with ourselves. The way you treat yourself sends a message to others on how to treat you so be sure to take care; a healthy amount of self-love can improve your relationships with others.

Taking time for yourself isn't selfish, saying no to plans because you need alone time isn't selfish and most importantly self-love isn't selfish. Whatever you want to do, that nourishes you from the inside out, do it. 

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