12 Self-Care Ideas For Busy People!
I'm all for a daily dose of self-care, but let's be real. Life gets in the way. We're busy people. We don't always have time to prioritise our needs, right? Wrong!
Now sure, we don't have time to shave our legs and do a face mask of an evening, and we don't really have the budget for a facial or massage, but that's okay. Self-care is so much more than that. A face mask is great, but it's not going to stop you having a total breakdown is it?
Self-care - the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being, happiness and health.
This is the definition of self-care. I reckon we can handle protecting ourselves right? No one is too busy for that.
'I hardly have time to wipe my own ass though' I hear you say? I feel you. I'm about to give you some very realistic, minimal ways to take care of you and stop yourself from rocking in the corner at work...
1) Have a quiet moment with a cup of tea - This will take you from feeling like Godzilla to Joey from Friends. If you don't have time for a cup of tea then I'm going to leave my post about being more productive here. You deserve a break.
2) Listen to a 5 minute meditation - This can be whilst driving, walking to your next meeting, eating your lunch or on the toilet! Taking 5 minutes just to regather your thoughts and get out of your own head can make a huge difference to your mental health.
3) Do a breathing exercise - A simple and effective one is breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts and breathe out for 4 counts. Repeat this 3-5 times to reset your breathing, lower your cortisol level and get some fresh oxygen flowing.
4) Watch a funny video - Get giggly. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins which will help improve your mental health.
5) Make what you do as nice as possible - Unless you've won the lottery, chances are, you're working or studying, so make that as enjoyable as you can. If you have a desk job, get some cosy AF slippers for under your desk. Buy yourself posh tea bags or good coffee to have on your break. Listen to an uplifting playlist through headphones and have nice objects on your desk like photographs, ornaments or plants. You gotta shake what life gave ya.
6) Have a clear cut-off between work and home - Have something that you do each day to signal to your brain it's time to wind down. It could be a shower, a workout, drinking a smoothie or reading the news. When you're busy, the work/life balance feels more like trying to walk a tightrope, drunk. This helps stop that.
7) Read - Escape to a new world from the comfort of your bed. Reading is great for stimulating your mind and rationalizing your thoughts. It's a win-win for self-care.
8) Talk - You don't have to talk about your problems, just have a nice conversation with someone. When we're busy, we don't make time for life's little pleasures. Having a good conversation with another person is one of them. It also stops you having a stress party for one inside your own head.
9) Plan something nice to look forward to - Being busy can feel like a black hole. Having something awesome planned will not only boost your productivity, but your mental health as well.
10) Do something you enjoy each day - No matter what it is, or how small. Life is short, make sure you're having a good time.
11) Get outside - Even if it's just to stand in the sun for 2 minutes in between meetings. The fresh air is great to clear your mind and ground you. If anyone asks, you needed the loo. They won't ask anymore questions.
12) Sleep - Probably the most important and most enjoyable item on this list. When we're busy, we often neglect sleep to get more done. This isn't good. Our bodies recover at night time. Give your mental health the best possible chance by getting 8 hours of sleep each night. Being well-rested will massively increase your productivity too. Winning!
I really hope these tips are helpful. Self-care is so important, but I also know it can't always be realistic when life is going full speed ahead. I hope these little tricks help you feel calmer, be more productive and help you practice self-care even though you're busy.
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