“I don’t have time”. How often have you said those words when it comes to your self-care? You know it’s good for you, yet you are not on your priority list. Add into the mix that we usually have a ‘go big or go home’ mindset when we are looking to make changes in our life, no wonder looking after our own wellbeing becomes challenging.
If we don’t prioritise our wellbeing, we get into a really unhealthy and potentially damaging habit cycle of living life in a negative stress cycle. When we living day in and day out in a state of stress, we can make poor decisions, become overwhelmed, exhausted and eventually reach burnout.
If you are struggling to find time for you, then try these 6 self-care tips, which will each take you less than a minute to perform. Yes, one minute. They may only take one minute to perform but they result in you prioritising you and practicing self-care.
Yes, one minute. They may only take one minute to perform but they result in you prioritising you and practicing self-care.
Take a Deep Breath
Anytime you’re feeling tense, stressed out, or even just a little ‘off’ taking several deep breaths will change the situation for the better. The key? Don’t just breathe. Hold your breath in between steps for maximum impact. Start with inhaling to the count of four, then hold it for the count of four, and exhale to the count of four.
Pause & Enjoy Your Lunch
When is the last time you truly enjoyed your food? The next time you eat anything at all, pause in your chewing to savor the textures and flavors. By doing this you aid in digestion and rediscover the joy of eating all at the same time!
There is a lot to be said for a moment of silence. Calm racing thoughts, lower your heart rate, and relax fully into the moment by turning off your electronics and just sitting with your eyes closed. Even doing this for just 30 seconds does wonders for your state of mind.
Notice your Surroundings
Another great technique for calming yourself but still engaging the mind actively is to take notice of an object near you. Spend a full minute in exploring this object, taking note of everything about it. What does it feel like? What colors is it? How does the light strike the surface? Close your eyes and see if you can recall this object in minute detail. This will actually help in cognition and focus.
Having a rough day? Taking a one-minute vacation in your head can help perk things up. Use this as a visualization exercise for an added benefit by picturing someplace you’d like to visit or something you want to experience in person someday.
A thankful heart helps to shift how you see the world and is really good for your mood and self-talk. Think of something you’re grateful for. Or better yet, take a minute to jot off a quick email thanking someone in your life for something you appreciate about them.
By taking a minute to yourself, you’ll be surprised at the impact this has upon your mental and physical self. Being more relaxed and less stressed will help you to feel healthier and happier as you go about your day.
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