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How to find time to take care of yourself

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We are all busy with the hustle and bustle of life. Whether it is work, hectic schedules or the children, there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish what needs to be done, let alone find time to take care of yourself. The problem is when we start to neglect ourselves; our partners, children and life suffer. If we can find even 10 minutes a day for our self, that makes us much more able to help take care of others. It may seem impossible to think there is even a way to take 10 minutes for yourself, when it seems like we are always running behind or playing catch up. Here are five simple ways that we can carve out 10 minutes a day for ourselves.

Relaxing
Relaxing Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

Relaxing

1) Shower - Yes the shower, we normally jump in and get done as quickly as we can.  This is a golden opportunity to take 10 minutes for self care.  Take your shower either before everyone wakes up or after they go to bed.  Make this time enjoyable.  Buy yourself a favorite scented body wash, just stand under the stream of hot water and close your eyes and enjoy the quiet and peacefulness.

Peaceful
Peaceful Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Peaceful

2) After your shower - If you feel you cannot take the extra time in the shower, then pamper yourself once you are out of the shower.  Take this time to sit and relax just for a few minutes or use a favorite lotion.

Lunch
Lunch Alex Markow

Lunch

3) Lunch Break - We all have to eat and many times we are eating on the run, at our desk or we are just rushing through to get back to work.  Take your time, pack some of your favorite foods, enjoy this time to just relax and savor your lunch, and make it a true meal.

Traffic
Traffic Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Traffic

4) Sitting in traffic - This I know can be a stressful situation and not relaxing, but it does not have to be.  You cannot make traffic go faster or move along at the pace we want, so why not use the extra time for ourselves.  This is the perfect time to put in a favorite CD, Cassette or turn on a favorite radio channel, turn up the music and sing and enjoy you.

Picking up the kids
Picking up the kids Rommel Demano/Getty Images

Picking up the kids

5) Waiting for your children to finish practice - If you have children and they are involved in activities, we all know that practices can run longer.  This means we are sometimes left sitting and waiting for them.  This is another opportunity to take time for you.  You can bring a book to read; if your children are older you can sit in your car and relax, call a friend or family member and catch up and laugh.

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