Life is busy - that's just the way it is.

We all have so many things to do - so much to keep track of on a daily basis. Many of us tend to be overscheduled, overworked, and overexhausted. We're just trying to make it all work - make sure we keep up with everything - make sure things don't unravel.

In a perfect world, there would be a 25th hour every day just so we could rest, take care of ourselves, rejuvenate, relax, and unwind.
But that's not obviously not going to happen.

This may seem counterintuitive, but taking time for ourselves each day will actually free up more time. It's true!
When we don't put fuel in our own tanks, we run around on just fumes - which will eventually run out. By simply taking some time each day to refuel, we will have so much more energy for our family, our job, and our daily lives than before.
Don't you feel so much better after you pamper yourself a little bit - read a book, watch your favorite show, meditate, exercise, take a long bath, etc.?
We forget sometimes that we are the most important part of any "to do" list. If we aren't recharged, the list has no chance of getting checked off anyway!

Take some time today to write a Self Care List.

List all of the wonderful things that you can do to pamper yourself.

It can range from small things (such as baking your favorite cookies and eating them while reading a great book) to large things (such as taking a beach trip for a weekend of relaxation).

Once you have your list, put it up somewhere where you will see it frequently. And make sure to do at least one thing on your list each day. Even if it's just for a few minutes.

I promise you will feel so much better - more recharged - and better able to be an active, vibrant participant in your own life.
You matter!

Author's Bio: 

Jodi Chapman is the author of the inspirational blog, Soul Speak; the upcoming book, Coming Back to Life: How an Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reclaim My True Spirit; and the bestselling Soulful Journals series, co-authored with her amazing husband, Dan Teck.