How can I make more time for myself?

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John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
If one of your stress-reducing activities is something you enjoy doing alone but you find that family and work obligations interfere with your ability to make that commitment to yourself, you may need to practice giving your own needs top priority sometimes. For example, you may like going for walks but find that, after making dinner for the family and putting the kids to bed, you're just too tired in the evenings to walk. Ask yourself if there are other times in the day when you can take time to walk, for instance, in the morning before the kids are awake or during your lunch hour at the office. Or you may ask your partner, if you have one, to make dinner twice a week and put the kids to bed so you can take an after-dinner walk. It's important to make your own need for relaxation and stress reduction a priority, even if it means saying no to another commitment or asking a loved one to help out.
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