[CAREER NEWS] The importance of making time for yourself…

With the hectic pace of our daily lives - full of professional commitments, family responsibilities and personal obligations - finding a moment to take care of yourself can sometimes be quite an accomplishment. However, making time for yourself is essential to recharge your batteries and regain balance in all areas of your life. Use the summer to think about how you can schedule moments of relaxation when you return to work after the holidays! Are you finding it difficult to come up with ideas? IÉSEG Network has thought of everything!

In the hustle and bustle of daily life packed with professional commitments, family responsibilities and personal obligations, finding a moment for yourself can sometimes be quite an achievement. But spending time on yourself is necessary to recharge your batteries and regain balance in all parts of your life. One of the most significant factors leading people to suffer from burnout is a difficulty in recognising that they need to slow down and take care of themselves.

In fact, recognising the need to take a break can be wrongly perceived as a sign of weakness or even selfishness, whereas it should, on the contrary, be proof of the courage needed to admit you are only human and that you have needs just like everyone else.
Slowing down is a way of taking care of yourself and taking charge, something which is essential for recharging your batteries and finding balance. Taking care of yourself is something very personal. There are numerous options and everyone should choose something that suits their individual needs.

Here are a few ideas to help you find these moments of relaxation and recharge your batteries:

Change your perspective 

In today's fast-paced society, taking a moment for yourself is often seen as a selfish or unproductive thing to do. How can you justify taking the time to take care of yourself without feeling guilty? Change your perspective and accept that making time for yourself is essential if you truly want to live a happy, productive and successful life. If you don't take care of your own needs, you risk compromising your chances of being the best you can be in all aspects of your life.

Plan

"I don't have enough time" is one of the most common reasons for not taking care of yourself. The answer to this is… to find time. It might sound easier said than done, but to do so you have to schedule this time for yourself and stick to it. It's important to be realistic in your planning: if you have a single 10-minute time slot available, use it anyway. Depending what your needs are, you can simply close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes to relax.

Define your priorities

The notion of time brings us back to the notion of priorities. When you feel as if you don't have time to do something important, it's either because you're not making the time or because what you are prioritising is not what you really need. Everything we do with our time is a choice. Also, you can make taking care of yourself part of your weekly routine, even if you are very busy, simply by deciding that it is a priority.

Set limits with confidence

When you start to consciously take time for yourself and say "no" to commitments and requests, you may encounter some resistance from those around you. This can be an emotional challenge, especially if you are not used to saying "no" or putting your preferences above those of others. If you face this type of resistance, you must assert your needs and your limits.

Leave work on time

Many of us regularly stay late at work. If this is true in your case, make a point of leaving on time or even a little earlier at least once a week, if not more frequently. Then take advantage of this time to indulge in your favorite hobby or an activity that makes you happy.

Join a club

For some people, taking time for themselves can translate into social bonding with others. Joining a group or club linked to one of your interests or passions or something that you want to try is a great way to rejuvenate yourself.

Exercise 

Busy people can find it difficult to find time to exercise, but looking after your health is essential - and you know it is. Physical activity is also a good way to combat tension. It could be playing a sport or just going for a walk to clear your mind. The important thing is to move, get out of your house and have a change of scenery. A new habit starts with the first small step. You can, for example, walk for 10 minutes in the morning and then increase the duration as the week goes on. Try to vary how you use this time. Some days you might use your time walking to reflect and daydream, on other days to listen to personal development podcasts and - on days when you need a real boost - to listen to your favourite music!

Do something artistic

Being creative allows you to express positive or negative emotions without using words. This helps to release tension or worries. Why not try it?

Treat yourself to time for relaxation

Periods of activity can be followed by time relaxing. This rest time allows you to take a step back to better reflect and appreciate the experience of the day. While sleep is important, going out, alone or in a group, also promotes relaxation.

Sign up for online courses

Learning new things and developing skills stimulates the mind, boosts self-esteem and is a break from the daily grind. Do you want to learn something new or get up to speed in a new field? Why not take free online courses? There are lots of different ones to choose from - why not try one?

Volunteer

By becoming a volunteer, you are being useful to others, escaping the worries of your work and personal life and you will flourish. Think about what kind of volunteering you might be interested in and find a group or charity that inspires you. It could be an environmental or educational project or anything that gives you a sense of usefulness.

Make the most of journey times

The journey between home and work can sometimes take a long time. If you take public transport, why not use this time to make time for yourself? Read, write, draw, create, listen to audiobooks or even meditate!

Arrive early

When you have an appointment, aim to get there 15 to 30 minutes early. Then use this time to sit back and relax with a book or magazine.

Have lunch alone

Try to slip away for a leisurely lunch on your own on a bench in a park or organise a picnic on the grass, for example ... Make the most of this moment of calm, with no one talking and no intrusive noise, make an appointment with yourself and recharge your batteries.
This list is not exhaustive, so take advantage of the summer break to think of other ways of recharging your batteries to start work again in the autumn on the right track!

Elizabeth TOUCAS – Executive Strengths Coach & Career Manager – IÉSEG Network

For coaching/personalised support or for any request for information on the careers service, contact Elizabeth: e.toucas@ieseg.fr or 06.85.33.01.57.

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