5 Awesome self-care ideas for when you don’t have much time

Self care ideas for when you don't have much time

Practicing self-care is important and becoming more and more popular these days. You might think you don’t have time for it, especially when you’re a busy person like me. But as it turns out, taking care of yourself doesn’t have to take up that much time. In fact, there are a lot of quick self-care activities you can do, even when you’re short on time.


Meditation is such an important self-care tool, and it’s one that’s pretty easy to implement in your daily routines, even when you’re low on time. If you live a busy life, like me, I recommend meditation during your commute to work or right before going to bed. It only has to take ten minutes, although you can do it for as long as you like.

Meditating can be hard at first, and not everyone likes it, so you can experiment a bit with different techniques until you find something that works for you. Personally, I either use the Headspace app or listen to guided meditation sessions on YouTube.

Self care ideas for when you don't have much time: write in a gratitude journal
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Keep a gratitude journal

Studies have shown that expressing gratitude usually leads to a happier and more positive life, and I’m happy that it’s becoming more and more popular. Every night, as we crawl into bed, my boyfriend and I tell each other what we were grateful for that day, but you can also keep a gratitude journal.

Just carry a small planner or notebook with you and write down everything you feel grateful for throughout the day. And whenever you feel bad, you can actually go through the journal and re-read all the positivity.

Enjoy your favorite scents

Self-care doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as easy as wearing your favorite perfume or enjoying essential oils or a scented candle while working. Personally, I really enjoy the lavender, geranium and bergamot blend I made a while ago – it smells nice and all the ingredients have relaxing effects. The perfect choice when trying to de-stress after coming home from work.

Quick and simple self-care idea: drink tea

Drink tea

Another simple and quick self-care activity that can be done at any point during the day. The nice thing about drinking tea is that it’s both healthy and relaxing, so you really can’t do much wrong with it. So get a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed, or enjoy a homemade tea blend while working.

Get a good night’s rest

Getting enough and high-quality sleep is important, especially if you don’t have much time to relax during the day. Nothing is worse than starting the day tired, and it can seriously ruin your mood and productivity. Don’t drink caffeine at night, go to bed in time and make sure to get the proper amount of sleep that you personally need. I also recommend using smart alarm clocks like Sleep Cycle. These apps will be able to wake you up at the best possible time and show you what influences your sleep quality.

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  1. These are fantastic ideas – I’m doing a lot of project work on self care so seeing others talk about it, even in simple yet effective posts on blogs like this one is fab. Hope it helps lots of people!

  2. I love those tips! Even reading them makes me feel calm and relaxed! For me as a Christian my number 1 self-care “hack” is to pray. Thinking about the fact that God is so much bigger than all of my problems and has a good plan for my life gives so much perspective and gives me so much peace!


  3. These are all so fabulous ideas! Meditation is something I do sometimes after work, just to forget get a clear gap with life and work haha, especially after a rough day. It seems to be helpful.
    Gratitude journal sounds amazing too!

    ~ Jasmin N

  4. Well, first of all your post is fantastic and your ideas are great. I think i am following all of them except the last one. No, not suffering from insomnia, i just have so many things to do and i work till very late.
    Thanks for sharing Sarah.

  5. Meditating and having a great cup of tea are one of the things i love when i need to get closer to myself. Makes me feel so relaxed

  6. These are such great ideas. My favourite way to try and relax (which is difficult as I’m a busy mum and my youngest seems to be allergic to sleep) is to burn candles. I find them so calming 🙂

    Louise x

  7. This is probably the shortest self care post but very accurate. Just a few and simple things can help you do well. The less you need the richer you are. SO thank you! I can relate to everything accept meditation but I would love to try it.

  8. great tips, I adore a cup of tea or coffee when I’m feeling stressed and nothing calms me more than smelling my favourite scents, I don’t know what it is about it but I just feel the stress melt away 🙂

  9. I honestly can’t imagine meditating on public transportation, incredible! I do however do short yoga sessions to put my mind at ease at times – I’d recommend it too!