Does your heart need a personal time out?

You wake up early, start making breakfast and lunches so you can get the kids fed, dressed and to school on time. Follow that with eight, or more, hours at the office, sandwiched between hour-long commutes through jammed highways and interstates. Then you make a beeline home to get the kids to baseball practice and gymnastics, working on homework in the car. Once you finally make it home, there’s still dinner to be made, dishes to be cleaned and baths to be taken.

Sound like your typical day? If so, it may be time to pause, reassess your daily routine, and explore ways to work in a little more “me-time.”

There are many benefits of taking time for yourself. A little alone time can help you recharge, improve your focus, and manage stress, which is key to maintaining a healthy heart.

If your day sounds like the one we described at the beginning of this post, squeezing in “me-time” may seem daunting, or even impossible. But we have a few strategies that may help you work in a few extra minutes:

Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier. Whether you choose to sit quietly, have a cup of coffee, or sneak in a quick workout, as little as 30 minutes of quiet time before the rest of the house wakes up should be just enough to reboot and get ready for the day.

Schedule it. Mark 15-20 minutes on your calendar every day for you. During your 15 minutes, you can take a walk, stretch, or just be still.

Ditch the devices. During your 15 minutes each day, forget looking at Facebook or surfing the Internet. Drop the devices and enjoy some quiet time.

Shut your door. Whether you take your “me-time” at home or at the office, don’t be afraid to shut your door. This will keep your “me-time” from becoming “we-time”.

Always call 911 if you think you are experiencing a heart attack. To learn more about heart attack symptoms, read our article, here. Discuss any concerns you have about your heart health with your primary care provider. And, if you need to find a primary care provider, use our online Find a Doctor tool.

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