Take time out to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself.

Take time out to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself.

We’re all back in the swing of things now and Christmas luxury and New Year decadence seems a long time ago. Suddenly taking time for yourself seems very low on your list of priorities.

After the time off, we often come back to more work than we’re used to and it’s tempting to plough through it and get it all done as soon as possible, letting other things slip.

But wait!

Think back over your resolutions. I’m sure a lot of them included things like “early nights”, “regular massage”, “more time at the gym.” Take a moment to consider why you made these resolutions – you must have been feeling tired, or stressed, or unhealthy. So these resolutions are important in changing how you live your life, how happy you are and how stress-free!

It’s easy to put things that we enjoy on hold – but is it good for us? Try our top tips for taking time for yourself without falling behind on your to-do list:

  • Schedule it in. A lot of our patients who work locally schedule half an hour massage for their lunch breaks. Some of our team also break up their day this way – it’s a great way to fit in a treatment and also ensure you get away from your desk and relax for a while. You’ll return to your work refreshed and energised and a lot more productive!
  • Prioritise with a 1, 2, 3 system. If work has piled up while you’re away it can make you feel like you’re the only one who can do it. But remember – if it was really important, it would have been done by now. Start each day by looking at the tasks and prioritising. Label the things that are most important with a 1, the second most important things with a 2 and so on. Take the 1s first and then work your way through the list.
  • Make people aware. Often, our to-do lists just get longer because they are constantly added to. But if your colleague comes to you with a task you simply can’t fit in today – be honest and tell them. Prioritise their project with your 1, 2, 3 system and give them a realistic time when you could do it. If it’s urgent, they’ll find someone else to do it.
  • Take your lunch break. It’s easy to fall into the trap of working from your desk in order to get more done – but how much do you actually get done during that time? Head out of the office – eat your lunch by the river, try a new cafe, browse the local book shop. As with taking the time for a massage, getting away, getting some fresh air and a little exercise, leaves you much more energised for the second half of the day.
  • Be kind to yourself. Some days you’ll finish late and want to stay up late when you get home to make up for it. Try to remember that late finishes are rare and that you’ll thank yourself tomorrow if you take a hot shower or bath, eat a good meal and have an early night.

Your health is your number one priority, take care of it and it will take care of you!

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