I’m a self-care advocate. I try to practice self-care (in one way or another) every day. In a time when hustlin’ until the wheels fall off is championed and being a workaholic is often deemed the way to success, I believe in taking care of self, first. But let’s be honest, most of the time self-care finds itself penciled in… at the bottom of your to-do list. Sound familiar?
So since we’re already pressed for time… because, well – adulting! Let’s look at 7 ways to practice self-care when time is not on your side!
I know you’ve heard it before… but it’s so important. This time don’t chug it. Take your time. Sit down grab a tall glass of cold water and drink.
Spend this time undistracted.
Yes, that means no phone or tv. Do a little introspective thinking. Then congratulate yourself on taking out time to intentionally take better care of yourself.
where’s the camera?
If you’re like me, you probably find yourself running behind when you’re supposed to be getting ready. It’s okay, I’ve got a little trick to put a little pep in your step. Set up your phone as if you’re going LIVE… and do a 5 minute makeup tutorial. Talk yourself through each step and keep the timer running. Sounds crazy I know… but instead of being distracted and all over the place, you be under a little friendly pressure to get that face together and you’ll have a little fun getting into character for the camera – even if the only person to ever see it is you!
hot towel treatment
The next time you’re feeling a little all over the place, place a fresh washcloth under really warm water. Let it soak, then ring it out. Then go sit or lie down and place the warm towel on your face. Let it sit until it starts to get a little cool and remove. You’ll instantly feel better. It’s like a stress-relief quickie!It's like a stress-relief quickie! Click To Tweet
midday journal break
Who told you journaling was only for mornings or evenings? Not true at all. In fact, sometimes the best thing that we can do is get some of those midday stressors out of our head and onto paper. Relieve a little tension by writing out what you’re feeling at the moment and why you’re feeling it. Sometimes a little vent session is all you need to refresh your energy and realign your day!Sometimes the best thing that we can do is get some of those midday stressors out of our head and onto paper. Click To Tweet
go off the grid
Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you to disconnect all day – although sometimes you should. Instead, give yourself a specific time limit (15, 20, maybe even 30 minutes) to turn off EVERYTHING.
Trust me… it’s not as easy as you think.
Go for a walk, sit on your porch (or in front of the fireplace), or actually enjoy a meal and take in the flavors and the experience. Give yourself a moment to just be your wonderful unconnected self.give yourself a specific time limit (15, 20, maybe even 30 minutes) to turn off EVERYTHING Click To Tweet
reading is fundamental
Having trouble sleeping or want to limit your late night binge watching? Try reading. Not only is it relaxing but it also gets your imagination going (which can also improve brain health). Be careful though, choose your book wisely. Try a collection of poetry or a selection of short stories. Something that’s satisfying but won’t keep you up, turning pages, all night trying to see what happens next.
clean… yep, I said it
One of the best forms of self-care is having a clean and inviting space to enjoy. Think about how peaceful you feel when you come home to a tidy house. Don’t worry, this isn’t a spring cleaning assignment. Instead, pick one area that you can tackle in 20 minutes or less.
Get all your supplies together at once, so that you don’t end up frustrated trying to find supplies. Light a candle or turn on the oil diffuse (scent stimulation). Oh and be sure to turn on some feel-good music. You’ll have an immense sense of accomplishment when you’re done and your endorphins will be riding high because you did something just for you.One of the best forms of self-care is having a clean and inviting space to enjoy. Click To Tweet