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What If I Don't Have Time?


When it comes to your wellness practices, do you ever find yourself saying, "I don't have time." ? 

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and neglect our own wellbeing. The common mindset of "I don't have time" often leads us to put our wellness on the back burner.

However, it's crucial to remember that self care and wellness are not luxuries - they are necessities.

Read on for FIVE practical tips to help you carve out space for wellness in your busy life, even if it's just for a few minutes each day.

An effective way to integrate wellness into your busy routine is by making it a non-negotiable part of your day. Just like you wouldn't skip an important meeting or deadline, treat your wellness activities with the same level of importance. By shifting your mindset and acknowledging the significance of self-care, you'll be more inclined to make time for it.


1. Start your day with mindfulness: Dedicate a few minutes each morning to practice mindfulness or meditation. This simple routine can set a positive tone for the day and help you stay grounded amidst the chaos. Whether you choose to focus on deep breathing, body scans, or simply being present in the moment, mindfulness and meditation can provide a sense of calm and clarity that will benefit you in various aspects of your life. By starting your day with this intentional practice, you are giving yourself the gift of mental and emotional well-being, allowing you to navigate any challenges that come your way with a sense of inner peace and strength. So, take those few moments each morning to connect with yourself and cultivate a peaceful mindset that will guide you through the day ahead.

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2. Incorporate movement into your day: Whether it's a quick walk during your lunch break or a brief stretching session before bed, finding moments to move your body can make a significant difference in your overall well-being. Incorporating movement into your daily routine not only benefits your physical health but also has positive effects on your mental and emotional well-being. Even small activities like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or doing a few stretches at your desk can help boost your energy levels and improve your mood. Remember, every little bit of movement counts towards a healthier and happier you. So, make it a priority to find moments throughout the day to get your body moving and enjoy the many benefits it brings.

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3. Schedule wellness breaks: Just like you schedule work meetings, block off time in your calendar for wellness activities. Treat these breaks as non-negotiable appointments with yourself. Self-care is not selfish; it's essential for your overall well-being. By prioritizing these moments for yourself, you are not only taking care of your physical and mental health but also setting a positive example for others around you. So go ahead, block off that time, and enjoy rejuvenating moments that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

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4. Practice gratitude: Take a moment each day to reflect on what you're grateful for. Cultivating a sense of gratitude can help shift your perspective and reduce stress. Practicing gratitude can shift your focus to the positive aspects of your life, fostering a sense of contentment and abundance. Whether you choose to jot down a few things you're thankful for in a journal, or simply take a few moments to silently appreciate the good in your life, incorporating gratitude into your daily routine can have a powerful impact on your overall well-being. By acknowledging and cherishing the blessings, big or small, you invite more positivity and fulfillment into your life. So, let gratitude be your guiding light, illuminating the beauty that surrounds you each day.

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5. Create a bedtime routine: Even if you occasionally can’t seem to find time during the day to incorporate a wellness practice. End your day on a positive note by establishing a calming bedtime routine. Creating a peaceful bedtime routine can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. Engaging in calming activities like reading a book can transport you to different worlds, allowing your mind to relax and escape the stresses of the day. Listening to soothing music can help to calm your nervous system, easing you into a state of tranquility. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or gentle stretches can release tension from your body, promoting a sense of calmness and readiness for sleep. By incorporating these practices into your nightly routine, you can cultivate a peaceful and restorative environment that sets the stage for a good night's rest.restful night's sleep. Read more about how to get quality sleep in this recent blog post.

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Bonus Tip: Make it a date! I love to schedule times to meet friends or hang out with my family where we can have fun, catch up AND take care of ourselves. The weather is breaking (we hope!) and we're scheduling walks, meeting outside to sit on a bench and get sunshine and fresh air, dates on neighboring treadmills at the local gym to walk at our own paces and chat, playing quick after dinner rounds of net-free driveway badminton or tennis, and walking the neighborhood while kids ride bikes or scooters.

Don't get me wrong - I love a good hours-long coffee or weekend brunch, and those will continue when I have the time, but being able to do something that makes me feel good in so many ways at once seems to be where I am in life right now! 

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Remember, wellness is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to find activities that resonate with you and bring you joy and peace. By making small but intentional changes to prioritize your well-being, you'll not only improve your physical health but also enhance your overall quality of life.

So, next time you catch yourself saying, "I don't have time," remind yourself that you find time for your priorities, and your wellness deserves a top spot on that list. Read more about mindset shifts you can make to find motivation when things get busy.

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