Let’s be honest. The days of lying in bed until 3 p.m. basking in a hangover are over. It’s now time to be responsible, functional adults. Adults who have errands to run, a social life to maintain and a checking account to balance. In order to become successful, productive humans of society, it’s important to begin investing in ourselves. Improving self-care and spending time on yourself can exponentially enhance your quality of life. Self-care does not have to mean spending copious amounts of money on facials and pedicures. Self-care means spending your time doing things that serve you, fulfill you and make you feel like you have your ish together. Self-care means using your time effectively and wisely to be the best version of yourself. Below are a few things I do to help achieve self-fulfillment and get the most out of my days.
Start with Sunday
We have all experienced the Sunday scaries: The feeling you have on Sunday knowing the next 5 days include waking up early, dressing nice and being on your best behavior. However, I have a new name for my Sundays: Self-Care Sundays. It’s a day for me to do things that make my week easier, less stressful and more productive. I always plan my meals for the week and make a grocery store run. Planning my meals ahead of time ensures that I will have a healthy week and guarantees that I will not be eating out and spending money – two less things to worry about during a hectic week! Maybe throw a load of laundry in before you head to the grocery to feel even more accomplished.
Make a schedule & stick to it
In order to be the best version of yourself, remember what’s important to you and do not stray. I make a list in my phone of everything I want to accomplish during the week and I avoid distractions. There is no better feeling than crossing things off a to-do list! It makes me feel organized, responsible, and in control of my life. I am on Class Pass (a monthly fitness membership), so I know exactly when my workouts are for the week. I write them all down in my calendar to help me visualize how each day looks. It’s important for me to stick to my schedule after work, even if it means saying no to a happy hour or movie night. I have found that my weeks run smoother when I stick to my daily schedule.
Earn your sleep
There is nothing better than finally coming home after a long day of work. Most days, all I want to do is slump on the couch until bedtime. However, I have found that I never truly feel good about myself when I lay on the couch after work, waiting for bed. Back in April, I made a promise to myself that I cannot sit on my couch until 8:30 pm during the week. My time after work is precious and valuable. I spend 3 hours every evening focusing on my well-being and improving my quality of life. Your days will feel less fulfilled the more you sit around waiting for bed. Therefore, no matter how exhausted I am after work, I always try to work out, go on a walk, practice yoga, make a healthy dinner or simply get my nails done. Not only do my days seem longer, but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finally lay down knowing I successfully balanced my full-time job with spending time on myself. Do not let a long day at work distract you from taking care of yourself. Your body and mind will appreciate the positive energy, especially after a hard day at work. Earn your sleep!
Not all of us love our jobs, but it’s still important to love our lives. If you are struggling at work, you still have time during the evening to turn your day around. Put energy into your evenings and focus on ways to improve yourself and your day. Whether it’s preparing your favorite lunch or editing your resume, be proactive in your life. Your life cannot and will not change unless you do something about it. Avoid coming home from work wishing your life were different. If you aren’t where you want to be in your career, at least you can be proud of who you are as a person.. It all starts the moment you choose to spend time investing in yourself and making the most out of your days.
How do you balance your wellbeing with a full-time job? Comment below to share your tips with the FTF community!