Feeling overwhelmed but not sure how to take better care of yourself?
You’ve come to the right place!
I am going to walk you through what self-care is, why it is important and give you 20 of the best self-care ideas that you can practice in under 20 minutes.
In the world today, it is so easy to push your personal needs aside.
There is so much that needs to be done – work, cleaning, cooking, school drop-offs, shopping… I could go on forever!
Because there is so much going on, we are forming a dangerous habit – not taking care of ourselves.
Self-care is so important to your overall wellbeing. You can’t fill from an empty cup, so stop trying and start prioritising yourself.
What is self-care?
Self care, by definition, is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve your own health.
It is a deliberate act to improve your mental and physical health, and in a lot of situations it becomes ingrained in our lifestyles – such as brushing our teeth or having a shower.
Self-care is vitally important, in fact, it is essential to break past the repetition of your life so that you can enjoy your life.
What does self-care look like?
When you take part in a self-care activity, it doesn’t have to be time consuming or elaborate.
A lot of people consider self-care to be things like relaxing baths and spa days. While these are definitely self-care, there are much simpler ways to do it without stepping too far out of your schedule.
Self-care can be anything from stopping work to eat a peaceful lunch or doing some stretches when you wake up.
It can even be having a nutritious lunch instead of fast food.
Every positive thing you do for yourself and your wellbeing – that is self-care.
And once you see it this way, it makes it feel a lot less overwhelming.
8 reasons why you should prioritise your wellbeing
Self-care comes with an array of benefits, and all of them are exactly why you should start taking care of your wellbeing.
- Increased physical fitness
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Healthier relationships with yourself and those around you
- A more fulfilling life
- Less chance of holding onto any regrets
- Feeling well-rested during your day
- Increased energy
- A better chance to take advantage of your creative thoughts and ideas
Self-care makes you a better parent.
…and a better partner and friend as well.
When you actively participate in self-care routines, you will be a lot less stressed you will give all of yourself to the people you love, without compromising your own wellbeing (Which I know a lot of us mums are guilty of doing!)
“But I’m too busy…”
Nope! You aren’t.
Self-care doesn’t always mean taking a 2 week vacation in Fiji (although, that would be nice).
Self-care can be as simple as brushing your teeth or taking 5 minutes to enjoy an undisturbed cup of tea.
As our lives get busier, we lose track of time, and when we have time we seem to pick up our phones or switching on Netflix instead of doing what we should do to improve our wellbeing.
10 minutes a day is all you need to get started
I bet you are thinking one of two things.
“Where on earth am I going to find 10 minutes!?”
“I doubt that 10 minutes can help me feel better”
Let’s address these two comments!
1. “Where on earth am I going to find 10 minutes!?”
It may not seem like you have 10 minutes, but you do! Think of all the time that you spend scrolling Facebook, browsing Amazon or picking up the kids’ toys.
All of that can wait!
Sure, you might feel like screen time is relaxing, but it isn’t beneficial if you are doing it out of habit.
2. “I doubt that 10 minutes can help me feel better”
10 minutes.. it seems so insignificant.
It seems like something that couldn’t possibly benefit you, but I promise it can.
Let me put it to you this way… When you’ve had a long, stressful day, how does it feel to have a nice hot shower?
How refreshed do you feel afterwards? Pretty good, right!?
That shower you took, that’s self-care.
You may not have realised it at the time, but you were doing your mind and body a favour and giving it a chance to make the most of the rest of the day.
Well, imagine having that feeling every.single.day.
Just 10 minutes to get yourself together, show yourself some love and build a healthier you.
When you set aside a few minutes a day to start practicing self-care, over time it builds up and before you know it you have learned just how important your needs are.
20 Self-Care ideas that you can do in under 20 minutes!
- Practice mindfulness for 5 minutes
Slow down and be present. Listen to the sounds you can hear, take in the smells. Enjoy the moment.
- Spend 5 minutes stretching.
There is no better feeling than getting that oxygen flowing.
- Go sit outside and enjoy some sun
- Put on your favourite song and get moving
- Enjoy a warm cup of tea (or coffee) in silence
- Take a warm shower
- Ignore the laundry and spend 5 minutes playing with your little one(s)
- Say no.
If someone has asked you to do something that isn’t urgent, tell them it can wait.
- Take out your self-care box.
If you have a self-care box, this is a great time to take it out and find something calming to do.
Don’t know what a self-care box is? Find out here and get some great self-care box ideas!
- Have a mini de-clutter.
Clutter is awful for our minds. Even though this may feel like cleaning, I can promise it will make you feel way better.
(Want to know more about how bad clutter is for your health? Read this!)
- Unplug from social media.
Don’t even think about Facebook while you are away from it.
- Paint your nails
- Wear something you love!
Throw on some track pants and let yourself relax, or if you are like me and live in your trackies then put on something nice and step away from your daily grind.
- Have a mini workout session.
I knowwww, “exercise, argh!”.
Even if you don’t feel like it, a quick walk around the block can do wonders for your body and mind.
Learn more about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle here.
- Call someone you love and who is a positive influence on your life
- Organise that space that you’ve been meaning to do but have been putting off for forever
- Do a quick yoga session
I love Yoga with Adriene. She is my go-to for all of my yoga sessions, and she has some amazing quick sessions.
- Designate a corner of your home for yourself and decorate it however you want.
Use this space for future self-care sessions!
- Make a smoothie
Smoothies are great. They are refreshing, energising and taste delicious.
- Light a candle or diffuse some essential oils
Depending on the mood you want to enhance, you can get some energetic diffusion going such as Bergamot, or you can calm the mood with something like Doterras Lavendar Peace blend.
Self-care doesn’t have to be hard
And it doesn’t have to be time-consuming.
It will help you become a happier, healthier person and that new high-vibe lifestyle will rub off on others.
This means that your new-found love for yourself will create a happier home and work life for you and all of those around you.
I hope that you take the time to take care of yourself today, and tomorrow, and every other day!
You are worth it!
Drop a comment below and share your favourite way to practice self-care!
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