MoreTimeMost people live a busy and hectic life. There are always due dates and deadlines. There are a lot of things that needs to be done. When you’re pressed for time and you have too much stuff going on the last thing you wanted to hear is to “slow down and take a break”.

While most people like the idea of taking some me time, many of them are convinced that they don’t have time for it.  This is one of the biggest struggles people face when trying to carve out some me time out of their busy schedules. But the truth is, by giving yourself a few minutes, even just 15 minutes a day, you’ll feel more rested, more productive and you’ll find it a lot easier to deal with whatever life throws at you.

As busy moms, it is important that you get some breaks and take care of yourselves. Here are 3 ways to squeeze more me time into your busy schedule.

Take a few minutes to unwind at the end of the day

By the end of the day, we often feel stressed, drained and exhausted. As such, it is important to find time at the end of each day to allow yourself to relax and unwind.

To help shift your mind off your busy schedule, try doing yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises or just listen to soothing music. Remember to set your smart phone to silent, turn off the TV and other gadgets that will be vying for your attention. Spend at least 15 to 30 minutes of your time to de-stress and relax.

Your lunch time is your time

If you are a working mom, then use your lunch break to do anything that will help you relax and recharge. It can be as simple as eating at your favorite restaurant, getting dessert, reading a novel or just going for a short walk.

Learn to say no

Family and friends ask us for a small favor every now and then. But sometimes, it doesn’t occur to us that we have the option to say no. Later on, you realize that your schedule is full of things that you don’t want to do. You say yes to everyone who asks you a favor, and then end up wondering why you don’t have enough time to do things you really enjoy.

If you’re already crazy busy, then it might be best to say no, even if it means displeasing people that are closest to you. Learning to say no will help free up your time, making it easier for to find time for yourself.