How long has it been since you’ve taken some time out for yourself? Good thing you’ve stumbled across this video! We’ve pulled together simple self-care activities you can do right now that won’t interrupt your busy day at all. In fact, if you have just a few short minutes, we’ll show you 10 ways you can take care of yourself now or at any time.
1. Take some deep breaths
As simple as it sounds, just taking a minute to take a few deep breaths delivers all kinds of benefits to the mind and body. Deep breathing negates stress, helps the body relax, reduces muscular tension and blood pressure, and more.
2. Get up and get moving
Did you know that just 10 minutes of exercise pumps up your endorphins? If you’ve been couch-surfing, stuck at the desk, or otherwise immobile, get up and move around for a few minutes. You’ll get your blood circulating and those feel-good endorphins flowing.
3. Say a few positive things to yourself
Muting negative self-talk is a powerful way to improve your mood. If you’ve got a few minutes to yourself, overshadow the usual negative self-talk with some positive affirmations.
Water intake is good for everything from your gut to your brain function. If you’ve been so busy that you’ve overlooked hydrating, grab a bottle of water and replenish that H2O. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
5. Listen to a good audiobook
Turn off your thoughts, close your eyes, and slip in your earbuds. Audiobooks are a great way to take a breather from any current stress you are facing.
6. Write down three things you’re grateful for in life
Did you know that practicing gratitude is a good way to nourish a positive mindset? Grab a notebook and jot down three things you are grateful for in your life right now.
7. Dress up a bit
Never underestimate the power of applying your favorite lipstick, donning a crisp button-up and tie, or slipping into your favorite shoes. When you look good, you also feel good.
8. Get silly and have some fun
It may come as a surprise, but acting a little childlike and silly actually boosts serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Basically, anything that could be described as being playful can work, whether it is doing a silly dance, making little jokes, or playing a quick game of hide-and-seek.
9. Eat a high-protein snack
Hard-boiled eggs, nut butters, Greek yogurt, and even some veggies deliver a hefty dose of protein. Grab yourself a high-protein snack to give your energy levels a boost, satiate hunger, and keep you going.
10. Turn up your favorite tunes
Music therapy is actually a thing. Listening to your favorite songs may even lift self-esteem and deter depression or anxiety.
So, you see, you can practice self-care even if all you have are a few free minutes. Ready to take better care of you?