It happens. Seasons where you are so busy you don’t have time for self-care. Use these 3 steps to get you through the tough spell in one piece!
You’ve reached a crazy busy period where you don’t have time to think – let alone have time for self-care. The last thing you want to hear about is that you should be taking better care of yourself, right?
Right. But there’s a problem.
That is the wrong mindset.
It should be the first thing you hear. But, the truth is, if YOU don’t say it, no one else will.
But how do you convince yourself (to do what you know you should do) when you don’t even have a second to take a pure deep breath?
Ok quick, let’s get to the list.
According to Gary Keller, the author of the best-selling book
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results you have the best outcomes (in anything you are doing) if you can discover and do the one thing that will make everything else easier.
Make. Everything. Else. Easier.
That brings me to my number one thing that I hope will become your number one thing to do when you don’t have time to take care of yourself.
1 What to Do: Talk to God When You Don’t Have Time for Self-care
Seriously. Don’t just crash in a tailspin. Pray. Ask for peace and wisdom.
Listen. And then follow the wisdom He gives you to achieve the peace you desire.
As a Christian, you have the privilege to reflect on the truth that you are God’s creation. And you can reflect on the grace Jesus gave to you on the cross.
When you honestly look at your situation from this perspective, everything changes in priority. And the take-home message is that not everything is a top priority to the Lord.
So list out all of your tasks, take a good hard look at them, and prioritize them from the Lord’s viewpoint. Give them each a number (no ties), and now you have a working list.
Still too much on your plate? Go to the next step.
2 What to Do: Talk to Your Family When You Don’t Have Time for Self-care
Ask them for help with chores or things each is capable of doing.
And, then take a family poll – eliminate recreation or activities that your family isn’t interested in doing.
Implement the ‘best of’ rule. Of everything your family does, which are the best? What does each person think is a non-negotiable item?
Think of this like Christmas or holiday must-dos. There are hundreds of things you could do to celebrate the Christmas season. What the 3-5 best of the list?
Focus just on those.
3 What to Do: Talk to Yourself When You Don’t Have Time for Self-care
It would be nice to eliminate these busy times, but that is not always possible. They exist.
But, don’t allow this busy season of life to become your regular life.
Tell yourself to call it a season. Give it a deadline.
And then commit.
But not to yourself. Commit to the Lord. Because then it will be a higher priority.
Yes, we all have seasons like this, and they are hard! So be kind to yourself. Remember who you are (or more appropriately who you belong to) and prioritize as a Chrisitan. You CAN make time for your self-care but only when you have your tasks aligned. And you align your priorities when you start with the Lord. He created you. He knows You. He loves You. So take care of yourself.