• Arden Palmquist

Balancing "You" Time With a Hectic Lifestyle

Hello friends!! Welcome back if you're a regular here, and welcome to those who are new!

I've always been the type of person to add a lot onto their workload. And truthfully, I love staying busy and I love having a strict schedule for myself (It gives me a reason to color code and neatly write in my planner, what can I say? I'm super weird about it). I constantly get asked how I manage to balance it all and still make time for myself. This was even a request from a reader. So, let's take the next few minutes to break down our hectic lives and pin point a time where you can still put yourself first.

I'm in my last semester of college, which means this is my busiest. Depending on the day, sometimes I'm not home until almost 8 o'clock at night and sometimes I'm not home until 10 o'clock at night, even with my day starting at 6am. With working 18 hours in retail, 18 hours in my new internship, taking 18 credit hours (with one very demanding class), and being apart of two organizations - I find that putting myself first is something that has to comes first.

My mornings typically start with waking up earlier than I should to give myself a chance to wake up, drink a cup of coffee, eat a healthy breakfast, pick my outfit out, and do my makeup. To me, that is creating time for myself. Starting the morning with that kind of energy typically ends up being a successful day. I honestly love preparing myself for the day in this kind of mindset. I've noticed that the longer it takes me to get out of bed, the more fuzzy my mindset is for the day. One of my favorite parts of my morning is sipping my coffee and stressing out for what my outfit is going to be for the day. But creating time for myself doesn't stop there.

Throughout my day, I stick to my strict schedule and run from point a to point b (this is basically my workout if you know my class schedule). In-between classes and work, I have meetings for the two organizations I'm apart of. Luckily, both of those dates only require meeting on one day of the week. Usually in the evening, when I'm done preparing for the next day and finishing my long to do list, I finally sit down and relax and do things I enjoy doing. For example, to keep the inspiration in me to be creative going, I have gotten back into journaling - just 10 minutes, that's all I need.

It's so important to set aside time for yourself in general. If you are someone who needs to schedule time for yourself, schedule it, set an alarm clock. Whatever you can do, setting time for yourself should always be number one. If it's setting your alarm just twenty minutes earlier to do something for you, do it. If you need to pause everything on your workload and take ten minutes for a break, then do it.

The key is: Making sure you're your biggest supporter and knowing when you need to take the break to treat yourself with the care you need. I make time in the morning and in the evening. Those times work for my schedule, it's curated by myself to work best for me.

So, you have to think to yourself, what works in my schedule? What are my priorities?

If you already take time for yourself, how do you set up your days? What do you enjoy doing to show yourself self-love. Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing what you are up to!!

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