Why Treating Self Care like an Appointment is the Way Forward
Self Care Simplified …
By Tayla Powell
The topic of self care is still being thrown around a lot. We hear it ALL the time. Yet how many of us are STILL not making the time and effort to implement a little more “me time” into our routine? I’m willing to bet not many.
Self care can seem a little selfish, especially when our to do list gets ever longer. Then the excuses come. We tell ourselves we’ll squeeze it in when everything else is done or when everyone else is catered for. But, let’s be honest, by the time the end of the day rolls around, we’re way too tired and old habits die hard.
It’s a negative cycle and the sad truth of so many people’s daily lives. We constantly make excuses to stop us from doing the things we know we should, and the things we really want to be doing.
What Can We do to Stop the Excuses?
Have you ever missed a dentist appointment once it’s been scheduled? Maybe because you feel like the big pile of laundry needs to be attended to urgently so you just don’t turn up? NOPE. Nobody does that. We’ve made a commitment to going and we hold ourselves accountable to them. There’s no other option but to go and we never second guess this.
WHAT IF WE TREATED SELF CARE LIKE THIS?
Revolutionary, I know. If you feel like the last priority on your list of things to do, then schedule that me time in. You are completely in control of your to do list and totally have the power to bump yourself up the priority list. Add your self care session to your calendar and block out time for yourself. Make if official like you’re booking an appointment. And if you miss that appointment, it has to be rescheduled ASAP. This way you’re fitting in IN to your schedule and not AROUND it.
Self care means different things for different people. You may be scheduling in exercise or a tanning sesh or some meditation or time to write that book you’ve been meaning to start.
DOES THIS REALLY WORK THOUGH?
Yep. I can attest to this method. What personally got me onto the idea of scheduling my self care is when I took a 12 week silversmithing night class last Winter. I absolutely loved my nights there as I got some quiet time whilst learning something which genuinely interests me and engages my mind. I got a break from screens for a few hours and it felt good to allow myself time to be creative. Something which my busy schedule didn’t allow often.
But here’s the thing, some weeks you would have to drag me there kicking and screaming. I REALLY didn’t want to go because I was too tired or felt like I needed to finish more work instead. But without fail, every single week I left that class feeling calm and in the most elated mood I’d been in all week. Coincidence? No, I just unknowingly scheduled my self care and kept myself accountable to my jewellery teacher.
It was a light bulb moment for me when I realised that I bypassed all the excuses I know I would’ve made and felt all the benefits of taking time for myself.
If you have a hobby you’ve been dying to start or a skill you’ve been meaning to add to your skill set, then you need to join a class or local group. There’s less chance of you backing out. You’ll be amazed what that little slice of me time in your week does for your mind.
Are you going to be scheduling in your self care?