Making time for yourself   
by Sharon Capehart

Making time for yourself is important, but it takes a desire to create a life that you want and not try to please everyone else. If you allow others to take over your life and to eat up your time and space, you will never reach to your destiny. You don't have to feel guilty or selfish about making time for yourself, because time is something you cannot retrieve when you lose it to frivolous things that don't empower you.

Taking time to nurture and pamper yourself is especially good for your entire outlook on life. You can get too busy sometimes in rigid routines that steal your dreams and your focus. Making time for yourself helps you to relax more and enjoy specific activities that bring your happiness.

Here are some things you can do that will make you feel good: Get a one-hour massage and facial - Get your nails done -Take an art, yoga, singing or dance class - Go on a cruise - Read a book - Go to the beach - Relax in a Jacuzzi - Work out at a gym - Go to a museum - Go on a lunch date - Do some meditation - Attend a support group -Take quiet walks - Make sure you get six to eight hours of sleep -Eat right - Go see a movie - Go to a basketball or baseball game or a concert -Spend time alone just gathering your thoughts.

You have to learn how to manage your time to include you. If you have a burnout or meltdown, then you won't be any help to yourself or anyone else. Life can get very hectic and filled with unimportant things that are time wasters. Do not make any unrealistic promises to anyone that is impossible to keep or you have to push yourself harder to meet certain obligations. Be cautious in the decisions you make that will take up a lot of your time.

Make sure you build time blocks that will help you to manage your time better. Limit interruptions from others that will set you back. Develop ways that will help your family to contribute to household activities so you can free up some of your time.

Keep a daily "things to do" list that will help you to effectively organize your schedule and your time. Have a calendar that will detail your daily tasks. Get accustomed with setting specific time slots for yourself on a daily and weekly basis. Be sure to stick to your new routine. Don't allow anyone to interrupt your new outlook on life.

Seek support from a coach, mentor or trainer, who will assist you to begin or maintain a particular schedule that is right for you and will get a lot more done in a lot less time. A trained coach is equipped with tips and skills that can affect your life in a positive way. Don't be afraid to ask for help because this might be just what you need to get your life on a path to peace and happiness.

About the Author: Sharon Capehart of Positively Women, Inc. will help you build a solid foundation of confidence, cultivate a success oriented mindset and walk with you on your journey to a life filled with Passion, Excitement and Personal Power. Sharon is the author of "The Power 2 Be You"! as well as a FREE Power Up! Ezine. Sign up for our ezine at"
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