It should be a priority.
There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything we need to do. All of us lead extremely busy lives, and important things sometimes get put off.
If we add astrology to the mix, there's something vital each zodiac sign should probably make time for, but doesn't. It could be self-care, or a night out, or even doing nothing at all. But we don't just need time for ourselves — we need to take the time for others, being there when they need us, and listening and supporting them.
Everyone needs to make time for the things that make them happy because we all have expiration dates. Life is finite and it could end much sooner than expected, so it’s crucial to make time for the things you enjoy.
Experiences and travel are most rewarding, so take those vacations, use your personal days, and don’t put off things when the opportunities arise.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
Aries need to make time for doing nothing. Not doing anything takes effort on their part, but it's crucial they take some downtime to relax, think, and breathe.
Aries are the zodiac's greatest multitaskers and over-schedulers. They're in the zone when they're doing several things at once, but they need to hit the pause button every now and then. If they don't, they will wind up feeling depleted and spent.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus needs to make time to be spontaneous every now and then. These individuals tend to be planners and like to know what they're doing, where they're doing it, and when, possibly well in advance.
If you've wondered who the people are checking a restaurant's menu before they go, it's Taurus. They must mix it up every now and then, and do something off the cuff. Improvise and do something unexpected.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
Geminis need to make time to focus on their passions. Like Aries, Geminis keep themselves busy with work, friends, volunteering, and social events. In fact, they often are so booked that they forget about their passion projects — the things that help them explore themselves and be creative.
Some of these pursuits may seem like hobbies, but they're more important than that, because they help Gemini get centered and grow as a person.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
Cancers need to make time for self-care. They're always taking care of other people and making sure their loved ones are okay, and that means they forget to check in with themselves. They may ignore symptoms or put off doing things for themselves.
If Cancer doesn't take time for themselves, they'll be in danger of running out of steam and becoming exhausted. They need to know it's okay to be a little selfish every now and then.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
Leos need to make time to laugh. Sometimes it seems as if the world is depending on Leo to save them or, if not that, to lead them. They tend to embrace responsibility and take them seriously — almost too much so.
Laughing helps release tension, can give perspective, and humor can aid in creativity. Leos may get that humor-injection they need by watching a funny movie, reading humorous books, or performing comedy.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
Virgos need to take the time to appreciate themselves. Virgos can be overcritical, especially when it comes to themselves, and there are times when they need to refocus that critical-eye and look at themselves with love.
They can write down a list of all their positive attributes or take themselves out on a date — anything that's helpful in changing their mindset to one of self-appreciation. Instead of focusing on what's wrong with them, Virgos need to look at the many gifts they have.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
Libras need to make time to stand up for themselves and their needs. Too often, Libras hold back and don't say what they want in fear that they'll hurt someone's feelings or their message will be misinterpreted.
They need to take the time to realize that their voice is valid and their relationships won't be jeopardy if others don't agree with them. It may seem easier to just say nothing or go along with someone, but that's not true.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpios tend to try to solve their problems on their own and can get wrapped up in their own drama. But sometimes, they need to take the time to reach out to others. Scorpio may be surprised at all the love and support they have around them and don't have to do everything themselves.
There are times when it makes sense to ask for help and it doesn't make you weak or inept when you do so. It can actually take courage to ask for help, but Scorpio has that.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittarians need to take the time to understand themselves. They're often on the go and rarely do they take the chance to get to know themselves. Growth comes from being able to recognize something that isn't working well and exploring ways to change it.
If Sagittarius is always late, discovering the real reason they are can help them overcome it. Instead of trying to convince themselves that they're perfect, they need to take the time to be honest with who they are and decide if it's worth changing.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorns need to make time for play. This zodiac sign is well-known for buckling down and working. They don't take enough breaks, and it's challenging to get them to take time off.
However, taking vacations, relaxing, and chilling out are crucial. It's vital that Capricorns construct some kind of work-life balance for their own well-being. Once they're in that beach chair, sipping their fancy drink and listening to the sounds of the ocean, they'll realize that downtime isn't frivolous.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
Aquarians need to take time to connect with nature. They tend to focus on the tech/work side to their personality, but they need to spend time in nature for their own well-being.
Aquarians need more than just unplugging — they need to do something that involves many of their senses. Hiking, camping, or even a picnic in a meadow is something to make a priority for their own sake. Being in nature gives them energy and revitalizes their lives.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces need to take the time to reconnect with their friends. They enjoy spending time alone with their thoughts or working on creative projects and can forget about the joy of connecting with people.
Spending time with the people who care about Pisces and understands them can do a lot of good and help them feel better about themselves. As people, we crave human connection, and going without it for too long isn't healthy.
Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and astrology lover. She has written over 500 articles on the zodiac signs and how the stars influence us. She's had articles in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, and is a contributing writer to Ravishly and I AM & CO. Check out her website or and her Instagram.