Personal Growth: How To Balance A Busy Life With Self-Care

Personal growth can mean many different things to different people. For some, it’s a matter of taking control and doing something to feel empowered, such as going back to school. For others, it’s a chance to feel better -- both physically and mentally -- after suffering a setback, illness or substance addiction. There are so many ways to go about bettering yourself that it’s important to make sure you’re focused on the right things and giving yourself time to heal and relax.

It’s a good idea to come up with a goal or plan for the next few weeks, months, or even years. It can be as detailed as you’d like it to be; it’s simply a way to write down your thoughts and feelings on what you want to make happen for yourself. Seeing your goals in print is a great way to stay motivated and can help you find success a little easier.

Keep reading for some tips on how to get started on practicing self-care while balancing a busy lifestyle.

Take care of your body

You may feel that you’re pretty healthy; you try to cook your own meals most of the time. But in the quest for personal growth, it’s important to remember that the object is to take care of yourself in a meaningful way. This is especially important if you’ve suffered through substance abuse because your body and mind need to heal.

It’s not about losing weight or hitting the gym a certain number of times a week; it’s more about treating yourself right. Moving your body regularly, eating well-balanced meals full of essential nutrients your body needs, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated are the basics of being healthy. You can also look for ways to reduce stress and anxiety, perhaps through yoga (classes usually cost $15 - $25) and meditation, which combines benefits for both physical and mental health.

Stay organized in and outside your home

Whether your idea of personal growth is changing careers or learning to be a more involved parent, it’s imperative to stay organized. This will drastically reduce stress, anxiety, and the potential for depression and other mood disorders to creep in, and it will help you stay on top of things at the same time. Make lists, keep your desk neat, use apps for reminders to get things done, and make a promise to yourself to cut out distractions when you’re focusing on what’s most important to you. Part of being organized is keeping a clean and uncluttered home. If you’re short on time, consider hiring a cleaning service to come in once in a while. Just realize that hiring a maid service isn’t cheap; in Portland, you can expect to pay an average of $185.

Take pride in yourself

Being proud of your talents, skills, and accomplishments can sometimes feel like boasting, but it’s important to recognize your own value. Don’t be ashamed to be proud of yourself. This boosts confidence and self-esteem, which can help you hold your head high even when setbacks come your way. You need to remain motivated to reach your goals.

Find a happy place

Sometimes, finding a happy place that helps you feel relaxed is the only way to get through a stressful day achieving your goals. Whether it’s in your garden, going for a drive, or sitting down with a good book, find something you love, and engage in it often. This can relieve stress and boost your mental health, a big part of practicing self-care.

Balancing a busy lifestyle with your personal goals and self-care can be a little overwhelming if you don’t start with a plan. Write down your goals, share them with friends and family, and take a time-out when you feel you need it. Achieving your goals should be a time of happiness, not stress.

Written by: Jason Lewis, he started StrongWell.org to share his learnings from his experiences in taking care of his mother and in his profession as a personal trainer. He enjoys creating fitness programs that cater to the needs of people over 65.