If your schedule looks anything like mine then you don’t have a lot of downtime. In fact, I only have time to write this post because I’m in between classes.
When life is super busy, we can forget to take care of ourselves. And that can leave you not only exhausted, but mentally drained, as well – making it even harder to do all those super important things you need to get done.
Here are five quick ways you can take care of yourself that take 10 minutes or less:
1.Writing. Okay this one should be a given, seeing as how I just told you I blog in my spare time. But you don’t even have to start a whole blog. You can do something as easy and quick as journaling. Write about how you feel. Write about something you want to do. Write down your goals. It’s up to you. Or try writing a thank you note to someone. I personally feel like people don’t hand write their sentiments enough. And who knows, you just may make someones day.
2. Breathing Exercises. I feel like when I’m going and going and going throughout my day I often forget to breathe. Not like the breathing that just keeps you alive, but really taking a deep breath and being present in the moment. When you fall into a routine it can be easy to run on autopilot. Once in a while you should take a moment to be aware of yourself, your body and your surroundings. Check out this 10-minute yoga workout from PopSugar Fitness to start:
3. Pampering Yourself. While you’re taking care of business, don’t forget to take care of yourself. You can make a DIY face mask to brighten your skin or grab some fun polish and paint your nails. It’s relaxing and you’re doing something for yourself that really doesn’t cost much money.
4. Go For A Walk. Get up from that computer or put down that phone and take a walk. Fresh air is good for you because it helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the cleansing action of your lungs. And the brain produces more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin on sunny days. You’ve got natural mood-boosters right outside your window.
5. Dance. Whether you’ve got rhythm or two left feet, dance is also a natural mood booster. That’s because movement fires off endorphins in our bodies. So, crank up your favorite music. If you’re embarrassed, close your curtains! If you’ve got kids, have them join in!