When work or other responsibilities weigh heavily on your life, you become the last priority. The imbalance may seem manageable at first, but eventually you realize it’s unsustainable. Overwhelm and burnout can occur and can make functioning even on a basic level challenging (learn more about burnout and motivation in our article here).
Although small self-care actions might not necessarily create long lasting change, they are incredibly important. Let’s repeat that – it’s important to make time for yourself. Ironically, it’s not always possible to make that much time for yourself, so we’ve created a list of 5 self-care activities to try, that range from 60 seconds to a full day.
1 Minute: Journal Your Threes
Take 1 minute to write down the 3 things you are most grateful for, 3 things that have gone well today, and 3 things you are looking forward to tomorrow. Business Insider states that reflective journaling can lead the journaler to, “experience a boost in self-efficacy.”
10 Minutes: Mindful Meditation
- Begin by choosing a place to sit, stand, lie down.
- Begin to focus intently on your body. If you’re sitting, focus on the contact of your feet to the floor, the feeling of your hands in your lap. If you’re walking, focus on the flow of the pavement under your feet.
- As you begin to feel more focused, begin to focus on the feeling of your breath in your body – the expansion of the ribs with every inhale.
- Gradually begin to concentrate on the breath itself. Your mind may wander during this period of time. That is ok, but gently encourage your mind to stay focused on the breath. If it helps you to count your breaths, you may choose to do that as well. Maintain this state for about 9 minutes.
- Slowly begin to bring your awareness back to your body – your feet on the floor, your hands in your lap. Begin to wiggle your fingers and toes.
- If your eyes were closed, open them, and stretch your body.
One hour: Exercise
Take care of your body! Walk outside, go for a run, take a yoga class or do your favorite online workout. Take that hour and dedicate it to caring for your physical self – you won’t regret it. If you’re looking for some workout inspiration, use our 7 proven hacks for getting fit in under 10 minutes a day. Use that hour and tackle a few of these hacks from our list. You can do these exercises without a gym and your heart will thank you for getting your blood pumping!
Half-Day: Tackle one (or more) of those big home projects that have been on your list since 1999.
Remember that home improvement project you’ve been telling yourself you’ll do once you get a couple of free hours? Now is the time. Make the time to care of the place you live in – show your home some love, and you’ll enjoy the benefits too!
Full-Day: Take the entire day off.
Turn off your phone (or set it on do not disturb). Set down the laptop. Leave the work at work. This is your day. Recharge your batteries doing whatever makes you feel good. Cook your favorite meal, get a massage, make a cup of tea and listen to your favorite music, finally finish that novel you’ve been halfway through for ages. Whatever you want to do, it’s your day to do it.
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