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How To Carve Out You Time: Studio 5

Help for busy, overwhelmed women. Executive director, Julie Hanks answers your questions and offers strategies to help you carve out time for yourself.

1) Include YOU in your circle of care

Self-neglect isn’t a good long-term strategy for self-care. If you are committed to taking care of others for the long haul, then you need to include YOU as one of the people that you nurture and support.

2) Build it in

Set a recurring appointment with yourself and build in the support that you need to make it happen. Get a commitment from your husband for a certain time every week. Hire a teenage neighbor to come every Thursday afternoon for a few hours.

3) Get others on board

Let others have the opportunity to share the care giving responsibilities. If you tend to fall into the role of “caregiver” be sure to invite your family members to participate. If they are unwilling, ask extended family, your church or community group to pitch in.

4) Get creative

If you don’t have resources to hire a babysitter, you may have to get creative. Barter with a neighbor. Swap childcare for making dinner one night a week.

Is YOU Time Selfish?: Studio 5 (part 2)

One Utah mom, Raili, isn’t sure what all of the fuss is about. She says, “When you choose to be a mom, you choose all of the chaos that goes with that. I may not have time to exercise or shop or scrapbook. You have to decide what’s essential and what’s not. I get ME time 24/7 because I’m doing what I chose to do…to be a mom.”

5) Redefine selfish

Selfish is doing what’s in your best interest WITHOUT regard for others. Doing what’s in your best interest WITH regard for others is NOT selfish. It’s smart.

6) Prioritize joy

What activities bring you joy? Make those things a priority in your life.

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