If you’re constantly busy it’s easy to feel like you’re running on empty. When you run from one task to another, with no time in between to stop, you may feel like you simply don’t have the time to take care of yourself. However, there are some ways that you can manage to take time for yourself, even if you are always busy.

Use these tips for the best possible self-care:

 

Get Enough Sleep

It can be tempting to cut into your sleep in an effort to artificially create more time. However, skimping on sleep is a sure way to risk your health and happiness. Sleep deprivation can lead to serious mental health issues, while also compromising your immune system and putting you at risk of health problems. Take some time to adjust your sleep schedule and figure out how much sleep you actually need, then do your best to stick to it so that you can maintain your health as well as possible in spite of your busy schedule.

 

Eat Food That’s Not Packaged

When you’re running from one activity to the next, it can be tempting to opt for the easiest food that you can grab. Unfortunately, this usually means packaged food that’s full of preservatives. It’s typically far better for your body and your overall health to cook a meal made from fresh ingredients, even if it’s a simple meal such as a sandwich, oatmeal, or scrambled eggs and fruit. This allows you to focus on the activities that you need to juggle, while also taking care of your overall health.

 

Take a Break from Electronic Alerts

When you constantly deal with multiple electronics chiming, dinging, and beeping, it’s easy to become overstimulated. Sometimes as you go through the day it’s important to stop and take a break, simply to spend a few minutes without these alerts. Either take the time to go through the apps on your devices and turn off the notifications that you do not need, or add an application that allows you to silence them for periods of the day so that you can focus on the task at hand.

 

Streamline Your Routine

Take some time to reduce the number of tasks that your daily routine requires. Think about things like packing the same lunch every day, laying out your clothes for the week ahead of time, or packing your work bag in advance. This way you’ll have less decision fatigue as you go through the daily routine and can focus on taking care of yourself and minimizing stress.

If you’re feeling the stress of running from one task to the next, it may be time to slow things down a little bit and focus on taking care of yourself. Take the time to streamline your routines and focus on minimal decision making, take a break from the notifications, consider eating healthy yet simple food, and be sure to get enough sleep. These tips will help you to take the best possible care of yourself even during a stressful complicated time.