When we think of self-care, we think of an activity or two that we do once in a while or whenever we have a break in life. Self-care isn’t something that should be done once but frequently. That is the best way you to implement it so you are often feeling recharged. Taking a mini break is all we need to bring us back into pieces.
Here are a few suggestions I found to be helpful:
Do a one minute meditation. I have found a video on Youtube regarding a mini-meditation. I find this more effective than a 5 minute or 15 meditation session. Reason being is because when I meditate for 15 minutes, I get lost in my thoughts and I lose focus on the whole experience.
Do a mini-declutter. This will save you a lot of time and energy. Find three clothes you don’t wear and either recycle,donate or sell that clothing item.
Narrow down your food choices. Pick your choice of two meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and rotate them throughout the week.
Speaking of diet, make one small change for the week, whether that be drinking more water or including veggies into your meals. Small changes go a long way.
Use aromatherapy to relieve stress. It doesn’t have to be costly. I like to take a peppermint candy to curb my cravings. Or I open a can of coffee and smell the coffee grounds. It’s as if the grounds relieve my neurons and I instantly feel better.
Naps contribute to your mental health, especially depression. Taking a nap relieves you from daily stress. It’s recommended to drink coffee first and then take a 20 to 30 minute nap to boost up your energy. Honestly, I would say take a nap as much as you need to. However, if you are napping everyday for 2 to 3 hours then you need to adjust your sleep schedule. Otherwise, it might mess up your sleep cycle.
Tiny Buddha suggested a “Beauty Scavenger Hunt,” in which you find five beautiful things on your way to commute.
Write fifteen minutes and just vent on paper. Then, let it go by burning it or throwing it out in the garbage.
As you can see, there are many forms of mini breaks. If these don’t work for you, then find something on your own that you would like to do more of. I don’t encourage this but even taking a cigarette smoke can relieve some people from daily stress. The point is to find what works for you and to stick with it. All in all, your life is how you make it be.