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.
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.
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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.
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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