Life is busy. We go go go, never stopping because we just. Don’t. Have. Time. We are rushed, overwhelmed and stressed out.
Far from the version of ourselves we would like to be. Far from living the life we want to live.
In the constant hustle and bustle that seems to be life in our modern world. There simply is not a moment to spare.
I hear you. I do.
But… if you’re wanting to be that improved version of you. If you’re wanting to chase that dream life down until you catch it…
You gotta take care of you. You need self-care.
We are constantly taking care of everyone else. Putting everyone else’s needs in front of our own and it has to stop.
We’ve got to carve out little bits of time every day for ourselves. Even just a few moments to start. We can work on priorities later. These are ways you can practice self-care, right now, today, without being in a certain place or making a bunch of time.
I think you’ll find once you start doing these little things (which provide such big benefits) you’ll realize how important it is, then we can work on the time thing.
For now… let’s practice some self-care without the time….
10 Ways to Practice Self Care (when you have no time)
1. Practice deep breathing
Sounds super simple right? It is! That’s the entire point of these exercises. Just sit down, stand, anything. Close your eyes if you can. Breathe in for 4 seconds. Hold it for about 7. And breathe out for 8. Repeat. This will help clear your mind, reduce anxiety and stress and renew your spirit.
2. Write down how you feel right now
We have a tendency to let our feelings dictate how we act. Bad idea. Sure, emotions are a part of who we are, but we do not have to allow them to dictate our actions. So, when you’re having a bad day, feel it, acknowledge it, let it go. This does not have to be super involved. It just needs to be intentional. Sit down, and jot down your current feelings. Now, let them go. You can write down words, a sentence, it doesn’t matter. Just put that pen to paper, acknowledge them, and let it go.
3. Take another way to your destination
Going to work? The store? To pick up your kids from one of their various activities? I don’t know about you, but I just about always go the same way when I go to town. Go a different route. Instead of driving on auto-pilot, you’ll be helping your brain out by seeing different things and learning a different route.
4. Declutter 5 things
Just 5! I can never stop at 5 :P. Seriously, though. Just grab 5 things sitting around that aren’t bringing you joy or purpose and get rid of them. Do not overthink this. It can be some random paper trash sitting on your desk. It doesn’t need to have a lot of thought behind it, it just needs to go.
You can do this at work, at the ball game, anywhere. Just raise your arm up and over your head and breathe. Trade arms and do it again. Super easy and you’ll feel so much better when you’re done.
6. Find 5 beautiful things
Look around you. Find 5 things that are beautiful. It could be the way the sun is streaming through your kitchen window or the way your child’s smile lights up a room. Anything you can find beauty in, find 5.
Laughter is food for the soul. It can turn a bad attitude into a good one. So, watch a silly cat video, read a comic strip, just find something that will make you genuinely laugh and go for it!
8. Turn off your phone
I hear the moans already. But I cannn’t. I have to wooooork. It’s my alaaarm. Tonight, before you go to bed. Shut off the phone. When you get up in the morning, don’t turn it on for at least 20 minutes. Use a real alarm clock instead. You will be amazed at how much better you sleep and how much more productive your entire day will be if you do this.
9. Edit your social feeds
When you do turn on your phone, get rid of those negative people and pages from your feed. You don’t have to unlike them or anything, just unfollow them so they don’t show up in your feed. Find a couple pages that breathe positivity (like mine!) instead.
10. Find joy
At the end of the day, it is the small things that bring us joy that we need to focus on. These little things can help us go to bed with a happy heart and wake the same. So, think of three things (big or small) that brought you joy today. Write them down. Close our journal, turn off that phone (if you haven’t already) and get a good nights rest.
See? Self-care doesn’t have to be super complicated and time consuming. These are all ways to take care of you. It’s the little things that are important, anyway. Those little things all add up!