Do you remember times when you were looking at your to-do list and you became so overwhelmed and stressed out? Your energy level was so low that you thought you couldn't do it! You got your 4th cup of coffee and forced yourself into doing the 10th task on your list; the results turned out not so great and you felt terrible about yourself and so inadequate. Well, we all felt that way at some point, but there is a another way to do this!
We have compiled a list of 10 self-care practices that would be useful. You could try to incorporate one or several of these practices in your daily lives; they will help make your busy days and weeks less stressful and easier to handle.
1. Energize your Body
Performing routine office task with diligence and managing your house can consume all of your energy; It is essential to find the time in your busy schedule to energize your body. Energizing your body will help you crush your to-do lists so much faster.
Here are a few ways you could energize your body:
- Stand up at your desk for five minutes while quickly checking your emails.
- Take a 6-minute break - step out of your office for a minute or two and take five deep breathes slowly before going back to your desk; it sounds like a small thing but imagine doing this two or three times per day; it will add up.
- Go to the nearest park for a walk. You can also take your kids along and spend some quality time with them. It will refresh your body and mind to do better on your next tasks.
2. Mini Meditations
Mini-meditations are very useful and can be done in less than two minutes; they help us hit the pause button and reset. Doing mini-meditations can quickly become an healthy habit that can be make any crazy busy lifestlye stress-free. You could practice mini-meditations at your desk or at home. They help get rid of all the stress that our body has accumulated throughout the day. There are several meditation apps out there and my favorite one is Headspace. Click here to see this 2-minute mini-meditation from Headspace.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water will not only help you feel better, it will also bring a glow to your skin and strengthen your immune system. Drinking water is as essential as breathing; it helps get rid of toxins that accumulate in our body. If you experience headaches throughout the day, try drinking some water; you might be dehydrated. Drinking two full glasses of water as soon as you wake up can help you with your daily water intake.
4. Read One of your Favorite Book
Take 5 minutes or more to read one of your favorite book or a magazine you enjoy.
It will help refresh your mind. We are all going digital but there is something to say about flipping the page of our favorite books or magazines. It engages all our senses and forces us to fully present in the moment to do something we really enjoy. If we make reading a daily habit, we will be less stressed and happier overall.
5. Write, Write, Write in Your Journal
All you need is a simple notebook. You can find one at your local drugstore or Amazon. Writing in your journal is essential; there are so many mental benefits of journaling. Writing the strong emotions we experienced throughout the day or the week helps us in two ways: It helps us release the tensions that strong emotions can create in us and it helps us remember the great moments we experienced.
If you are worried that someone might find out what you wrote, still write it down and throw it away to just release your emotions; it can be so relaxing for our mind. Try the happiness planners if you are looking for more elaborate and sophisticated journals. They are designed to help you remember to smell the roses every day and are so inspirational.
Taking 10 minutes from your busy routine is not going to do much harm to you. Use these 10 minutes to indulge in some healthy exercise. It will be even better if you are involving your kids with you as well. You can find so many YouTube videos to workout. I am on my phone most of the time, so it is all about apps for me; The 12 minute Athlete is one of my favorite app. Open the app, select what type of workout you want to do, shake your phone and start kicking some butt. It is $5/month!
7. Cut Down the Use of Social Media
All the information that we are getting from different media social feeds can overwhelm our brain. Giving ourselves a 10-minutes no-social media time every 3 hours. Or, having a phone-free zone in our house could be very helpful to feel less stress. You could take a small break from your social media accounts and focus more on yourself and your well-being.
8. Spend Time with Your Loved Ones
There can be no better relaxation for a healthy mind, body, and soul other than spending quality time with your loved ones. Go out for a movie with them or simply indulge in heartfelt conversation with them, and you will feel relaxed.
9. Go to Bed Early
You can save the late night activities for the weekends. Regular sleep helps us be less irritated and stressed. It helps so much with our overall heath. I am sure you hear this often, but it is worth a reminder.
10. Soothing Music
Soothing music can help to calm your thoughts and relax your mind. The best practice is to take a long and warm bath while listening to your favorite music.
There you go, now that you are aware of quick self-care activities; make them a necessary part of your daily routine and live happier and healthier even if you have an hectic busy lifestyle.