We live in such a fast-paced world with so much pressure to never make a mistake and make everything look effortless that we feel like we do not have time for self-care even though it is more important now than ever. Mental health is vitally important if you are going to be successful anywhere else in your life, so it is time to take steps to prioritize it.
Even if you don’t have time for self-care as you traditionally think about it, here are some ways that you can fit it into your already busy day.
Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed or anxious, take a minute to think about how you are breathing. It will only take a few seconds, but it can drastically change the way you feel. Close your eyes if possible, and breathe in as deeply as you can. Feel the air fill up your lungs and stomach and lift your heart up towards the sky. As you breathe out, feel the warm air leave your body and relax your shoulders down with your breath.
Doing this a couple of times will clear your mind and relieve tension in your body. As you develop a habit of doing this throughout the day, it will become a reflex, and you will become more aware of when you are holding stress in your body.
It matters what you eat. Even if you are busy, you can eat well. It may seem easier to grab something that is unhealthy, but if you train yourself to look for the healthy, it can become just as easy to feed your body what it needs to stay strong.
Even if you don’t want to change what you are eating, you can change how you are eating. Taking five extra minutes to take smaller bites and chew more mindfully can help you relax and will focus your body on digesting your food properly.
Outsource Your Self-Care
You can also outsource some of your self-care to make it even easier. Subscription boxes like a smoking subscription box, candle subscription box, bath subscription box, or many others will take all the thought out of how to deal with your self-care. You can sign up for the subscription, and a box will show up at your house and instruct you on how to take a little time for yourself.
We all know physical exercise is important to take care of your body, but sometimes there is not enough time to get in a really great workout. If you feel like you need to add some extra physical activity to your day, try adding in some stretches at regular intervals. Standing up from your computer and raising your arms above your head and then folding down to touch the ground can help you loosen up your body. You can also relieve tension by shrugging your shoulders, rotating your head to stretch your neck, and stretching out other areas of your body where you hold tension or stress. It only takes a couple of minutes and will help you feel so much better.