Are you struggling to squeeze in some self-care time to your daily schedule? It doesn’t need to be that hard. Even short and regular breaks can really make a difference in your busy days, so how about stop postponing it and just make it a new habit?
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Every single one of us can find different things relaxing, but no matter what you count as a self-care time, it’s needed! Get off the screens and just do something that helps you refocus and re-energize. It doesn’t need to be taking 3 continuous hours off but you should take 10-20 minutes now and then throughout the day. You can thank me later.
Here are some suggestions for your new self-care time:
Know That It Doesn’t Have To Be Extravagant
Your self-care time doesn’t need to mean visiting a fancy spa, having a massage or your nails done, even though that can definitely be nice sometimes.
It can simply mean putting an alarm on your phone to take a quick walk outside with your fur baby during the day, taking some deep breaths, or a few minutes to stretch your body when you want to procrastinate. It can also mean lighting a candle or making your very FAVORITE drink like coffee or mojito (the choice is yours) while listening to one of the podcast episodes that you like.
Just remember that it doesn’t need to be anything extravagant, but even simple things that will take off your mind from your to-do list will count. You don’t need hours, even smaller doses of self-care time will definitely help you stay accountable.
This is closely tied up with the previous suggestion. Keep it stress-free when it comes to thinking of ideas – just listen to what your body wants or what you want at the moment. For example, if you are trying to be creative and write content but you are totally not feeling like writing, you can force it as much as you want, but you are most likely not going to produce anything good in that mindset. Be more intentional and don’t force it (unless not urgent, of course). Do something else or give yourself a break in the fresh air to let that inspiration come to you. Don’t overthink it too much and listen to your body. If it asks for a break, you will be better off taking it rather than ignoring it.
Fill Up Your Cup First
Remember that when you fill up your cup first (even if it’s just for 5 minutes), you can better serve others and it will be easier to go about your day. You deserve a break and you also NEED it to function and be productive. When you feel stressed, close your eyes and meditate or if you need some energy flowing, put some music on and dance around your living room. Whatever works for you but do your favorite activity that will bring you joy but also relaxes you!
If you feel you need more tips, go to read more about ‘Self-Care Tips for Introverts’ to my previous BLOG POST where you can find some very simple but effective tips like dusting off your hiking shoes, letting the creative flow overtake you, or just simply stop and be in the moment.
Can you do a decent job without self-care time? Probably yes. But how about doing your best job while feeling energized and motivated? Sounds much better and healthier, I would say. No matter how busy your schedule is, always find time for self-care during the day whether that’s taking regular short breaks or listening to your body and do what feels right.
By forcing yourself to do something creative, it will most likely have the opposite effect, and that’s why you should take regular 10-20 mins breaks to get off your screens and spend time outside to give your brain some oxygen, you can dance, meditate, or whatever makes you feel re-energized and ready to get back to work.
What are your favorite self-care activities? I would love to hear from you!