Americans are busier now than ever. With increasing technology that keeps us connected to our jobs after work hours, more demanding work schedules, and coordinating seemingly endless family activities and school projects, there can sometimes be little leftover for self-care. Without a little me-time worked in every now and then, you may feel like your tank is on empty, leading to unhappiness. So, what's the best cure for unhappiness?
Ever hear flight attendants say "put your oxygen mask on before helping others?" That's because if you're not taking care of yourself, you have nothing else to give to those who may need your help or are under your care. Then you're running on fumes and soon into the negative digits. Here are some action steps you can take to focus on you and being the best you for those around you:
Scheduling time for yourself
Yes, that's right. Schedule time to focus on and improve you for optimal happiness. No one can be responsible for your happiness. You have to take action toward the life you want, and you won't get far if you're not taking care of yourself. It's not selfish. It's smart.
Think about what makes you happy
Perhaps you've been so busy you forgot what you even enjoy. Is it reading a book? Getting a manicure? Going to a baseball game? No matter your guilty pleasure, it should be guilt-free and enjoyed, so block that time out in your schedule for you. Do this every week.
Take responsibility for your happiness
You probably don't want or need one more action item, but this is your life we're talking about, so it's for a good cause. Don't wait for your job to provide you with training or personal development. Seek areas where you can self-improve, whether that's reading the latest book on leadership or communication. You don't have to be in a leadership position to think and act like a leader. Showing initiative could be the difference in you getting a promotion and/or handling stress and conflict better.
Happiness is an action, just like love. Love yourself and schedule some self-care time to be your best self. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Self-Improvement section of our blog.
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