5 Self-Care Tips to Sneak into Your Busy Routine
Friday 20th November 2020
Happy Friday folks!
Becky from Ewen’s Room here. I hope you’re well and looking forward to the weekend, whatever you might be doing 😊.
As mentioned on our social media this week, it’s currently Self Care Week. This is a national event supported by the Self Care Forum and the NHS, to raise awareness about how important self-care is.
For many of us these days, life moves pretty quickly.
With packed schedules on a daily basis – working long hours, taking care of the kids, keeping on top of the cleaning and laundry, spending time with your partner, family or friends – it’s easy to see why many people feel like they never stop. You’re on that perpetual treadmill, or hamster wheel that keeps turning. You’re exhausted, stressed and your bucket is empty.
In times like these, often we put ourselves last, and prioritise everything else on the list. However, research shows taking time for numero uno (that’s you!) when you’re busy is not only vital – it’s good for your health.
However, I’m guessing some of these phrases might sound rather familiar to you…
“But I don’t have time.”
“It’s too expensive.”
“I feel guilty putting myself first.”
Hey, it’s so easy to make excuses (I’m guilty of this myself all the time!), but fitting small, daily habits into your busy schedule are some of the best ways to help your mind and body thrive.
So, without further ado, here are 5 ways to sneak self-care into your busy life.
1. Practice Mindfulness
Whether it’s one minute or one hour, you can practice mindfulness in little pockets throughout your day. Focus on your thoughts and needs and be still. Need help? Try apps like Calm or Headspace.
2. Document Gratitude
I’ll be honest, I used to roll my eyes a bit when people would tell me to do this. Yeah yeah, I get it, I’m lucky, I do have a lot to be thankful for. What’s that got to do with making my day less stressful?
In truth? So. Darn. Much. Taking just 3-5 minutes each day to write three good things that happened that particular day can really help to put things into perspective, and can be especially therapeutic if you’ve had a hard, stressful day.
3. Take a walk
I can’t stress this enough. Just a wee walk around your neighbourhood or garden can be enough to clear your head. If I’m ever losing concentration at work, or just having a bit of a rubbish day in general, taking that time out to get my body moving is so effective. It clears my head, improves my mood and boosts my energy, so when I do get back to that ever increasing to do list I have more motivation and I’m so much more productive for taking that time.
4. Limit screen time
Technology is helpful in so many ways, such as connecting us with the outside world, but as I’m sure you can appreciate, it can also add a level of stress that is just not healthy. I personally make a rule to put away all my electronic devices at a certain time each day to clear my mind from any distractions, and properly switch off. It’s weird at first if you’re glued to your phone normally, but once you get used to it, it’s so relaxing.
5. Schedule self care
Finally, and most importantly – if you’re already busy enough you’re probably reading this thinking “that’s all well and good Becky, cool story, but how am I actually going to fit this in to my routine – have you seen my schedule?!” I get it. But please, try blocking some time on your work and/or personal calendar for self-care and activities related to improving your wellbeing, and do NOT reschedule or cancel. Make this time sacred.
Well that’s the list, I hope it helps, and that you find time to prioritise your self-care this weekend. It is Self Care Week after all…go on, get into the spirit of things!
Sorry, couldn’t resist the Father Ted reference there 😉.
Have a great weekend!
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