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Since I am a busy lady on the go, sometimes I forget to prioritize me time and let it fall on the backburner. I recently started as a kickboxing instructor part time to hold myself accountable for my health and fitness. I forgot how exhausting learning something new like that can be.

By the end of the day, I was completely beat.

I was toooooo tired to even think about any me time… I needed sleep time!

But now that I am feeling more confident in that role and I feel like I can rearrange my priorities to schedule in more me time. I have become aware that I am in need of some self-care when I start feeling overwhelmed and unable to focus.

Even the easiest daily tasks seem draining. Sound like you? You are not alone.

In order to recharge my batteries, I have focused on sneaking in little a little me time after work each day.

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

I can not express how important taking time out for yourself is. Here are 5 quick ways I sneak in me time and if you try them, report back and let me know if they work for you!

1. A pedicure.

For some reason, painted toes make me happy. I love a little flash of color or sparkle. While I am not really the gal that makes regular mani-pedi appointments, I do treat myself from time to time. When I am feeling more on the thrifty side I pull out my stash of nail polish and a nail file.

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

2. A Brain dump + Goal setting.

Taking time to unload your mind on paper is so beneficial. I usually want to do a brain dump. If you don’t know what it is…. Typically, I write down any to-dos or projects on my mind for about 10 minutes. This usually involves both career and personal to-dos.

Did I also mention that I love to do this because it gives me an excuse to get a notebook or journal?

From there, I can prioritize them so I can schedule them in. This helps me gain so much peace of mind. I love feeling organized and in top of things.

I also love to take the time to set personal and professional goals for myself in 90-day increments.

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

3. Make peppermint tea.

Making tea is such a calming ritual + I love adding honey to boost the flavor. I find that it always calms me and I feel better after. It’s little rituals like this one of making my morning coffee every day that just feels like my me time before I start the day. I can just be.

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

4. Light scented candles.

I love stimulating all my senses. Scented candles that match the changing seasons can really set a mood. It can create calm and ambiance to allow you to set the mood for your me time.

Pumpkin spice candles in the fall.

Pine, Smokey Hearth, Peppermint in the winter.

Florals and clean linen in the spring.

Beach breeze and coconut in the summer.

These scents help set the mood for me and just make me happy. It’s one of my favorite ways to end my day.

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

5. Draw inspiration from magazines.

Visual inspiration helps me hone in of future project ideas! I love surfing the web, but my first loves were magazines. I remember walking to my local Vons around the corner from my apartment in college to buy 3 things InStyle, People, and a bottle of wine. Since I have such a sense of nostalgia on my college years I read magazines to help me re-focus and get re-inspired!

I still live by a Vons… I head there to grab a couple to read, cut out, collect ideas to save on an inspiration board. Sometimes it will inspire a painting that I want to create.

Since I am a DIY-er + interior/set decorator…certain colors and textures help me think of a cool color palette that I can use on a future project. For example, the color scheme from the wooden beverage tray (pictured), was inspired by a spring issue of InStyle magazine!

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

5 Ways I Sneak-in Self Care with Me Time

Now I challenge you to try at least 2 of these tips to help yourself squeeze in more me time!

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I want to hear how it goes in the comments below. Where do you draw your inspiration?

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