Self-care is getting traction as an effective way to improve mental health and general well-being. We finally start to see self-care as a necessary action as opposed to being lazy or selfish. However, even being socially accepted, how do you manage if you have no time available?
Here are some tips to help you introduce, little by little, self-care practices into your day. And the beauty is that the more you do it, the more time you will find. Remember that self-care is necessary to be productive, a good partner, a friend, and many other life roles. Start by setting aside 10 minutes a day for self-care and be consistent.
Meditation Practice: Meditation is great for focusing, soothing anxiety and stress, and improving sleep. It also teaches us how to be mindful of the present moment, situation, feelings, and tasks that we have in hand, being a super useful tool for life. Meditation can be done almost anywhere you feel safe and comfortable, and it can be done in 5 to 10 minutes.
Breathing Exercises: It is essential to perform breathing exercises that involve deep and mindful breathing. Most people tend to breathe superficially throughout the day, which can be detrimental to their health. Taking out just five minutes to perform breathing exercises can be incredibly beneficial. In addition to improving breathing patterns, these exercises can enhance mood, increase concentration, and reduce anxiety.
Self-Massage: Self-massage is one of my favorites. It takes up to 5 minutes to massage your head, hands, feet, or all body, you just need a good body oil, home privacy, and some scented candles if you wish to make the moment more special. You can search for self-massage techniques such as Ayurvedic techniques.
Write In Your Journal: Take 3-5 minutes to write in your journal. Jot down your victories, worries, reflections, gratitude, and anything else you need to express.
Have A Break: Take 5 minutes after completing a task, or after 1 hour of deep work, to recharge. Get up from your seat and if possible go near a window and look at the faraway horizon to rest your eyes.
Read A Book: What better way to slow down the mind than reading a fictional book? Take aside 5 to 10 minutes to plunge into the unknown.
The concept of self-care is to alleviate stress and not add to it. Therefore, it should be something to look forward to. Be mindful of your choices and frequency.