The daily hustle and bustle of life can be overwhelming sometimes. Between the constant juggling of schedules, stresses, and never-ending to-do lists, it can be hard to take some much-needed time for yourself.
If you're feeling like your best self is slipping away, don't worry—we've got you covered! These super quick, self-care practices will help you stay on top of your game, all while easily fitting them into the course of your busy day.
Pause to Meditate
There's an old Zen proverb that says, "You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour."
While we certainly aren't proposing hours of meditation, we do want to stress how important it is to take a quiet moment to empty your thoughts, especially on super busy days.
The practice of daily meditation is said to help you learn how to turn your mind off, connect to the present moment and readjust how you look at your priorities.
Research has also shown it physically helps to decrease stress, improve your mood, and lower blood pressure.
And the best part is, it requires very little effort. Simply find a quiet, comfortable spot to sit, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and try to think of nothing. As thoughts enter your mind, let them go and return to quiet.
This simple practice of being present in the moment can be challenging at first, but stick with it as the benefits will far outweigh the effort put into it.
Enjoy Some Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is one of the easiest ways to give yourself some instant self-care. It has gained in popularity over recent years as essential oils have become more mainstream.
Preliminary studies show that aromatherapy may be able to alter brain waves and behavior, which has led to some other touted benefits like better sleep, reduced stress, decreased levels of cortisol, and reduced anxiety and depression.
Try lighting a lavender candle or spraying an aroma spray around you. Add to your bath time routine with special aromatherapy soaps or diffuse some oils in a diffuser in your room. Simple self-care solutions like these can be sprinkled throughout your day in less than 1 minute!
Start Your Day with Conscious Bathing
We have to bathe anyways, why not elevate it into a self-care practice instead? It doesn’t take much extra time to create a soothing environment in the shower or bath.
Simply try dimming the lights, lighting a candle, or burning some incense. Play gentle, instrumental music softly in the background and set the intention that the water will purify your mind, body, and spirit.
Allow the water to rinse away any negative thoughts or emotions while concentrating on being present in the moment. Combine the practice of aromatherapy and a soul-cleansing shower by using an aromatherapy soap designed for this purpose.
Then, step out of the shower or bath with total mind-body-spirit renewal. Imagine the energetic "tone" set when you start your day like this!
Incorporate Some Yoga
Yoga is perhaps one of the most versatile exercise practices you can engage in and boasts a variety of health benefits such as increased posture and flexibility, maintained metabolism, and improved cardiovascular functions.
It also acts as a major stress reliever and helps recenter your mind providing mental clarity. And you don't have to be a flexible yogi to do it. Simply bending over to touch your toes prior to walking into a stressful situation can completely alter the way you handle your next move.
Try just 5 minutes of stretching with a focus on your breathing any time of day to sprinkle a little self-care throughout your day.
Hydrate With Pure Water
Water is the most powerful purifier we have access to. Cleanse the inside of your body the same way you do the outside, by drinking ample amounts of water.
Water helps flush out toxins while providing hydration for your body at the cellular level. Drinking lots of water not only helps you feel better but can also improve the appearance of your skin as well.
Drink water throughout your day as a conscious self-care practice and watch as you begin to feel lighter and refreshed!
No matter how busy your schedule is, you can still find time to take care of yourself! Start by taking a few intentional steps every day to help ensure you're the best version of yourself.
Incorporating even just one of these self-care practices daily can help transform your mental and physical well-being for years to come with minimal effort!
So, which one will you try today?
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