Feeling the stress? Need a minute of you time?
Whether you’re at your desk at work, or just totally, completely swamped, you can still enjoy a moment of self care.
Sometimes you just don’t have ample time. And that’s ok!
I’ve put together 6 quick and simple self-care activities so you can self-soothe on the move (or in your cubicle).
You deserve it babe! So let’s talk about it…
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As a writer, sometimes my deadlines seem to all coincide, leading to me spending a lot more time with my laptop. And while I prioritize taking care of beautiful me, I’m not always dealing with the same amount of free time. Life gets busy, ya know?
While there’s totally some free time looming around the corner, sometimes I need some self-care right this second. I assume you get me?
Just because you’re a busy bee doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to self-soothe, destress and relax. If only for a minute.
So I put together a list of my self-care go-tos when life gets bonkers busy. May they make your busy days a little lighter. I can’t wait to hear what you’d add to the list!
1. Take a Few Deep Breaths
Slow, deep breath in, slow, deep breath out. Yes, it sounds simple! But a few deep, belly breaths can release tension, reduce stress and ease anxiety.
Place your hand on your chest and slowly count to three while breathing in slowly and deeply, filling your lungs. In through your nose, and out through your mouth. You can do this once, five times, for a few seconds or a few minutes. Whatever feels best for you. It’s a beautiful way to self-soothe.
2. Sip On Some Water (Or Whatever Drink You Enjoy)
Hydrate that beautiful body! And enjoy a mindful moment.
Close your eyes and take a sip. And then ask yourself:
- How the drink makes you feel?
- Is the temperature just right?
- What does it taste like?
- Does it quench your thirst or make you feel good?
This is an easy way to enjoy a drink and work in a quick moment of mindfulness. Whether you’re relaxing at home or sitting at your desk at work.
Whether you’re enjoying a yoga session or stretching in your computer chair, every little bit is fantastic for your body and mind.
What’s so great about stretching?
Not only does it relieve tension, it also allows you to focus on yourself and the present moment. Like a little (or long) moment of mindfulness meditation. You can combine stretching with deep breathing to really double down on the relaxing effect. (source)
4. Enjoy a Snack
Rumbly tummy? Enjoy a snack, gorgeous. And truly savour every bite. Snack time is good for your body and your mind, especially when you turn it into a delicious, mindful moment.
Grab something delicious. Take a bite. Chew slowly and focus on the flavour. Doesn’t it feel awesome to enjoy such a scrumptious snack? Hello yum! Hello relaxing moment!
How often do you let yourself get your art on, no judgement, no end goal? Just pure, artistic fun. That’s doodling baby! Spontaneous, freestyle drawing. And you can tap into it anytime, anywhere.
Your doodles boost memory, increase focus, help you problem solve, express yourself and bring your ideas to life. And, if that wasn’t already impressive enough, doodling also reduces stress.
When you doodle you’re activating your brain’s reward pathways. This boosts your self-perception while giving your mood a beautiful boost. And man does that ever make you feel amazing! Super bonus – it can work as a form of emotional expression, helping you work through those stressful moments.
6. Text A Loved One
Whether you don’t have time for a phone call, can’t make one or simply don’t have the energy, texting is a great alternative. A sprinkle of conversation with a loved one can really boost your mood.
Not only is it uplifting to hear from someone you love, texts from your support system can provide comfort, remind you that you are loved and that you matter. So send a quick message, and smile wide when you hear back. (source)
Feeling better already? Me too! It’s amazing what a self-soothing moment or two can do for you.
What are your go-to simple self-care activities for busy days? Share with me below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: You are so incredibly worth of your love and care.
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