I’ve been talking about self-care a lot lately and one of the reasons is that I’m finding more and more that people, especially women, are struggling with it.
Another reason is because after having had a huge burnout period a few years ago, I’m now a self-proclaimed #selfcareaddict and try to make sure I do something for me every day.
After talking with some of my clients and my homegirls, the most common excuses as to why they don’t plan more “me” time in their schedules are 1) feeling guilty, 2) feeling selfish and/or 3) not enough time. That’s what I want to talk about today…time!
I’m here to tell you that self-care CAN be incorporated into your daily schedule. It may not be easy, especially in the beginning, but it surely can be done.
Part of the problem is that when people think of self-care, they often think of things like massages, manis and pedis and elaborate, expensive vacations, which are awesome but expensive and very time-consuming.
But with a little creativity in time and energy management and a shift in your priorities, you can greatly increase the amount of self-care time to your routine!
Finding Time for Self-Care
This video was originally broadcast on Periscope for #SelfCareSunday (join me on Sunday afternoons by the way for more self-care tips!). I shared a few of my self-care tactics; however, the bigger list of ideas is below. Enjoy!
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The Bigger List
This is why I say it doesn’t take much time for self-care. This list is in order, from least to highest, of how much time it can take for simple things.
- Go to bed earlier. (0 minutes)
- Listen to soothing sounds. (0 minutes – just pop it on before you go to sleep!)
- Disconnect from tech for periods of time. (0 minutes – Priceless!) (don’t let your phone or computer be the very first thing you look at in the mornings or the very last thing at night; add in a few moments of me time instead; go old school!)
- Smile. (1 second)
- Say thanks. (3 seconds) (keep an attitude of gratitude)
- Kiss and greet your partner for affection and connection. (10-15 seconds)
- Take 3 deep breaths before hopping out of bed. (10-15 seconds)
- Pet the cat or dog. (60 seconds) (if your pet is anything like my cat, you might need to make that 3 minutes LOL)
- Simple stretches to wake up the body. (1-5 minutes)
- Massage yourself (5 minutes) (give yourself a gentle massage with a scented lotion or oil.)
- Acknowledge the successes of the day and lessons learned. (3 minutes)
- Quiet time in the car (5 minutes) (for at least five minutes, ride in silence; use this time to decompress especially after a long day)
- Mentally create and plan your day. (5 minutes)
- Write in your journal. (5 minutes)
- Meditation and mindfulness. (5-20 minutes)
- Plan for tomorrow. (10 minutes)
- Read a chapter in one of the books you’ve been meaning to read. (10-15 minutes)
- Move for health. (10-45 minutes) (notice I didn’t say exercise; that word may not have the right energy for you so use the word “movement” instead!)
- Buy yourself some flowers. (15 minutes) (real or fake)
- Take a nap or break. (20 minutes) (and light a candle while you do so)
- Take a bath. (20-30 minutes) (get more use out of that candle!)
- Look through an old photo album. (20-30 minutes) (I loooove doing this because looking back at fond memories of good times with great people always puts a smile on my face!)
- Pop some popcorn and watch TV. (1-2 hours) (schedule it in your calendar to release any guilty feelings about doing so!)
- Work your brain by doing something creative and crafty (1-2 hours) (this could working a puzzle, coloring, making something, drawing, etc.)
Know this, you cannot serve yourself or others on empty so your investment in self-care is one of the best things you could ever invest in throughout your entire life. Watch, you’ll be happier, healthier and feel soooooo much better!
What’s your favorite self-care method? How often do you do it?