Sometimes, it’s all about you.

We are all busy, pretty much all of the time. Long hours at work and a never-ending list of tasks at home means that much of our time is dedicated to others.

It’s impossible to keep up this pace for long — if we don’t look after our minds and bodies they’ll start to falter. It is neither selfish nor indulgent to spend time on ourselves. In fact, it is necessary in order to maintain our functionality at its optimum level.

Here are some tips to help you find some of that elusive precious time and to maximise your energy levels:

1. You can’t do everything for everyone all of the time. Understand that it’s okay to say no. Be nice but be firm, and don’t apologise.

2. Clear your diary of all unnecessary entries and put in time for whatever it is that helps you to feel rejuvenated. Protect these diary events as you would an important business meeting.

3. Take a lunch break. You will work more effectively in the afternoon if you’ve taken a break. Avoid running around doing personal chores if you can, and take some time out to rest.

4. Eat healthily — don’t waste time or energy dieting. Just change or cut out first one thing until you no longer miss it and then another. The results will happen more slowly and you won’t feel like you’re denying yourself.

5. Food is not a reward, but a necessity. Instead of indulging in high sugar and carb-laden snacks which make you feel guilty afterwards — eat regular meals made from healthy ingredients and drink plenty of water.

6. Whenever you begin to feel stressed or overwhelmed, take a step back. Acknowledge your feelings, manage your responses and be proactive rather than reactive.

7. Exercise as much as you can. If you can’t get to the gym, then look at other ways in which you can increase your heart rate and burn some calories. There are lots of options…

8. Forget multi-tasking — it’s a misnomer. When we try and do two major tasks at the same time it takes around 50% longer and we make 50% more mistakes.

9. Try to get seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every night. Resting properly will deliver huge benefits to your health and well-being.

10. If everything feels too daunting, then get some help. Hire a Life/Business Coach to help you move from functional to optimal.

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