Mar 14, 2017 01:06 PM EDT

How To Take Care Of Yourself When You’re Busy

In the ever-changing and competitive professional world, employees try to keep up with the times by doing more and multi-tasking as best as they could. However, overtaxing oneself can lead to mental stress and physical problems, that’s why it’s a good idea to take care of oneself, especially when you’re busy.

It may be hard to find a block of time to pamper yourself when your schedule is already packed for the entire week. But there are things that you can do that you can incorporate into your daily routine to avoid stress-related health issues such as anxiety, depression, stomach problems, and headaches.

Here are a few simple ways to take care of yourself when you’re busy.

Eat healthy food

It may be tempting to grab some fast food or just go to the vending machine to save some time, but you won’t be doing your body any favors by filling up on unhealthy fare. Eat wholesome, nutritious food such as greens, fruits, lean meat, nuts, and other sources of protein to build up your immune system and avoid weight gain.

Get enough sleep

Nothing’s worse than not getting enough sleep at night, then trying to make it through your entire day by guzzling endless cups of coffee. Your body needs eight hours of sleep to be able to function at its best, so commit to having a specific bedtime so you’ll feel well-rested the next day.

Say no

You don’t need to go to every party, and neither do you need to head over to your friend’s house for the umpteenth time this month just to hear her vent about the same problem over and over again. When you’re busy, you need to have some time for yourself, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about saying “no” every once in a while.

Take some time to exercise

People who don’t do any physical activity tend to have low energy and are more prone to getting sick, so try to make time to workout every day. You don’t even have to go to the gym to exercise—a walk around the block or 15 minutes of yoga at home will do.

Go offline

Turn off your smartphone and step away from your computer. Studies show that people get more stressed when they’re bombarded by text messages or toxic social media posts, so give yourself some time to de-stress by taking a tech break every now and then.

Take a break

Take a few breaks throughout the day. You can have a cup of tea or coffee, or you can listen to some soothing music on your headphones. You can also read a chapter of the latest best-seller. Whatever it is, make sure that it’s something that you enjoy.

For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s tips on how to be more creative in the workplace.

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