How to find the perfect balance between self-care & productivity, and why self-care is the key to being productive! - HUGE TEEN BLOGGERS COLLAB!

Hiiii!! I'm super excited as today's post is a huge group collab with some of my favourite teen bloggers!! Most of us are still in lockdown, and with that in mind, we decided to do a collab by writing self-care related blogposts. At the end of this blogpost are the links to their blogs + instagrams, definitely check them out!! <33

Take breaks

We all sometimes get caught up in doing something so much, that we forget about everything else. We forget about doing other tasks, doing our chores, and most importantly - we forget to take care of ourselves. 

For example, if you start drawing, and don't take any breaks until you finish the drawing, you forget about taking breaks every now and then. Taking breaks between tasks is a very important part of self-care.

Your hand is sore from all the work, your neck is sore from looking down for over an hour, your eyes are sore because they are staring at the same thing for quite a while, you're dehydrated, you're hungry, and your head is sore from sitting in one position for such a long time. 

Taking breaks is really important when it comes to self-care. When you take breaks, it actually helps you be more productive and creative. It gives your tired muscles a chance to stretch, find relief from being in the same position for some time, and what I think is so important - breaks restore motivation

I suggest taking 10/15 minute breaks every 30/45 minutes, depending on what you are doing, and if you are studying, then every hour take at least 15/20 minute breaks! 

Taking breaks will help you improve your performance a lot.

Self-care = productivity, & self-care > productivity

To each of us, self-care should be more important than productivity, work, etc, because self-care is way more valuable than productivity. But, some people forget that, or simply don't know that. 

Self-care comes in many different ways. Some people like to make themselves a cup of tea and read, others prefer going on a walk and listening to music as there form of self-care. Regardless of what self-care you love, self-care is productive. 

By making the time to take care of yourself - mentally, physically, and emotionally - you will actually become a lot more productive!

There is a saying that goes "work on you first, before you work on anything else,". There is a lot of truth in that quote <3

We all should show ourselves some love sometimes, we all deserve it!  Spend time with yourself, and enjoy it.

Prioritise yourself, do more of what makes you happy, and just take time to make your soul glad :)

Short self-care ideas

Even though self-care has so many beneficial factors, people don't make it a priority. Know that self-care doesn't have to be time-consuming, or expensive. 

Taking care of yourself can look like:

  • taking a bath
  • journaling 
  • reading books/blogs
  • baking
  • listening to a podcast
  • decluttering
  • planning for the week ahead
  • face masks
& a lot more. All of these are self-care, and they are all amazing ways that you can spend your breaks/self-care day!

Self-care isn't an expense, it's an investment 🤍

Finding the right balance - ask yourself these questions

Finding the perfect balance can be hard at first, especially if you forget to take breaks, take care of yourself & don't know how much time to dedicate to self-care & productivity.

With time, effort and consistency, you will find the ideal balance and make it a habit, you have to firstly understand what works for you.

How much time works best for you to dedicate for self-care a week, how much effort are you willing to put to working towards the perfect balance between productivity & self-care, and what consistency goal do you want to achieve?

Ask yourself those questions, and work out what would be the perfect balance to you. 

Know that the best project you will ever work on is yourself (:

Use timers

When I plan how long I'm going to be doing different things, I always add an extra 5/10 minutes, because it helps me not to stress when being under pressure, plus, whenever it turns out that it is taking me longer to do the task than I estimated, I have those bonus 5/10 minutes that won't make me feel like I'm in behind with the stuff I have to do. 

I use timers & reminders to help me be under pressure, because then I tend to work faster, more and better! It works for me but it doesn't necessarily work for everyone. You can try to see if it does for you!

I use timers for the reason above, but timers can also be used to remind yourself that you need to take a break. As soon as the timer goes off, it means that you have to take a break/do some self-care related activities. It's good for those who constantly forget to take breaks/care of themselves!

Stop over scheduling

Many people stop practicing self-care just because "they don't have time," that's why I think that a great way to finding the right balance between self-care & productivity is to stop over scheduling and under estimating the amount of times it will take you to do certain things. 

Over scheduling can cause you to feel overwhelmed, unfulfilled and unproductive. These feelings make you want to do more work, and less self-care, in order to feel more accomplished. A lot of people do it to feel more productive, but also, many people (without realising) do it to "punish" themselves for not doing everything they wanted to do in that day.

They forget about the importance of self-care, for example, getting enough sleep. They stay up at night and work, just to feel more productive, and they forget about how important it is to get at least 8 hours of sleep. 

This isn't the right balance. The next day they do less because they are tired, and a person who didn't stay up at night and went to sleep earlier did more, and not only did they do more -  they felt better, happier, and more energetic. 

So to all those that have way too much of stuff on their to do lists -  stop over scheduling and make time for the most important thing that matters - you.

Understand that you are going to have to let some things go

To achieve the perfect balance between self-care and productivity, your to do list has to become a bit "calmer"...

I can guess that you have a lot of things on your to do list, right? To find time for self-care and to find balance, you are going to have to let some stuff go, or at least post pone them if you can. Letting some stuff go is a huge step closer to finding the right balance.

 Self-care is a lot more important than some stuff on your to do list, I'm sure! For example, if you want to learn sewing, but it's not obligatory (ex. school, a club, etc), then maybe postpone that new hobby for now. You can continue learning it once you have less on your plate (a.k.a to do list), and more time.

"The best time to start is now," yes, but not unless you have a gazillion of things you want to do! Referring to the other point I made - stop over scheduling and have a realistic way of looking at how long the tasks are going to take you

"Don't underestimate yourself,", yes, but also, don't under estimate the amount of time it's going to take you to do the things you want to do in a day, it's not healthy. 

Prioritise the tasks that are most important to you in your day, and remember that you are the main priority for you  <3

Accept that not all of your days will be balanced

We can't control everything that happens in our day, but what we can control is our decisions, and what we decide to do. Make the right choices and take breaks when you feel exhausted and tired, get some water when you feel thirsty, and go for a walk when you feel like you need some more fresh air. You know your body best, so listen to what you think is right. But, understand that not each day in your life will feel balanced...

Acceptance is a big key to finding balance. You can't find balance if you haven't accepted yet that there will not always be balance.

 Even when good taking care of yourself will become a great habit of yours, there will be days when there is a sudden unexpected thing that happens in your day, when you either will be more productive and less self-cared, or the other way around. 

 Think of it like this - let's say you are a very organised student and have great grades. You have achieved your goal of becoming a great student - good for you!! :)

But, in order to become a good student, you had to accept the fact that you may have days where you don't feel like studying, and you are okay with that, because overall you are a good student. 

That's the same with finding the right balance between self-care and productivity. In order to find that balance you have to accept that fact that not all of your days will be super balanced, but what you are aiming for is an overall balance in your life. 

This is what matters, let that sink in - aim for an overall balance of self-care and productivity in your life.

I hope you loved today's blogpost! It was so fun collaborating with these girls, there blogs are some of my fav teen blogs <33

 Definitely check out their self-care related posts + blogposts, just click below!

Hope you all loved this collab, enjoy reading there posts!! :)

What is your favourite form of self-care? Let's chat in the comments! <33