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11 Self-Care Tips for the Busy

11 Self-Care Tips for the Busy

YOU CAN’T POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP

Let’s face the facts: We live in a world where we are always on call, where “extra” is expected, and “overtime” is obvious. In between rushing around doing, meeting, and seeing, we can easily neglect to take care of the one person without whom none of that would even be possible: YOU!

Enter self-care, one of those new wellness buzzwords that pops up in your favorite online articles and Instagram influencer’s captions. It sounds self-explanatory enough, but what exactly is it?

Self-care can mean anything that allows you to intentionally set aside time to prioritize your physical and emotional well being. It means slowing down from the hustle of daily life for that precious moment of “me-time.” This does not mean you must have endless time or money to practice self-care. In fact, some of the best ways to practice self-care are 100% free! Here are a few examples of simple things you can do for yourself today:

KEEP A JOURNAL, WRITE DAILY

This is something I have personally been doing since before I even knew what self-care was. If I had a bad day, taking 5 minutes to write about it always seemed to relieve the stress of it. On the other hand, writing about a good day allows you to visually see and to feel gratitude.

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TAKE A YOGA CLASS

I started going to yoga classes in college to take a “time out” from my busy schedule of classes and working. The benefits went far beyond the 50-minute class; I would leave the yoga studio feeling totally blissed out and far more prepared to focus on my other responsibilities that day.

START A MEDITATION PRACTICE

Using an app like Headspace or Calm, guided meditation has never been more accessible. My favorite time to meditate is during my morning routine because it centers me and sets the tone for the rest of my day. Focusing on the breath also activates your parasympathetic nervous system, bringing you an undeniable sense of calm.

ENROLL IN A LOCAL ART CLASS

Tap into your creativity! I find this to be especially important if you sit at a desk from 9 – 5. Taking an art class gets your creative juices flowing and allows you to focus on a project that is not work-related, but is purely for your own enjoyment.

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POUR A GLASS OF WINE

I doubt I need to convince you on this one, but a glass of wine at the end of a long day can just feel good. Bonus points if you opt for red; the phytonutrient resveratrol found in red wine has been linked to anti-aging benefits that may also be good for your heart and brain health. Cheers to that!

INDULGE IN YOUR FAVORITE GUILTY-PLEASURE TV SHOW

Give your brain a break after a long day at work. Get the popcorn ready and catch up on those episodes of “The Bachelor” that you missed. No judgment here! Looking for your next guilty pleasure? Find one here.

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PREPARE A DELICIOUS DINNER FOR YOURSELF AND/OR YOUR FRIENDS

Not only can cooking itself be relaxing, but enjoying a meal you’ve prepared for yourself and for others gives you a sense of accomplishment! It also makes us good to provide for and nourish ourselves and our loved ones.

PERUSE A LOCAL BOOKSTORE FOR A NEW READ

If you love reading, getting lost in a good book can be a wonderful act of self-care. Head to your local independent bookstore to stock up or download some new and interesting titles to your e-reader!

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GO FOR A RUN AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Fresh air combined with cardiovascular exercise can do wonders for your mood. If you’re not into running, try a brisk walk!

LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST

I love nerding out on health and wellness podcasts, but I also like to mix it up with other genres too. Luckily, there is a podcast out there for nearly every type of person so if you don’t already have a favorite, it’s out there waiting to be discovered! Check out one of my personal favorites: Nourishing Minds Nutrition.

TAKE A NAP

When I feel like I need to give myself a little extra self-care, I love to nap. Putting away the electronics and powering down for as little as 20 minutes can make me feel like a brand new person!

Do any of the above sound like something you can carve out some time to do? Or maybe this list sparked some ideas for your own self-care practice?

It’s important to note that when it comes to self-care, quality – not quantity – is key. If just one activity works for you, make a point to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. Remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup; self-care is intended to rejuvenate you and help you to put your best face forward. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary! 

Jenna Sacks is a certified INHC based out of St. Petersburg, FL. Hailing from Vermont, Jenna moved to Florida after college at the University of Vermont. She loves the Red Sox, hanging with her extra-fluffy pup and helping people live their best healthy life.

 

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