Self-care activities can easily be added into your daily routine without changing much or adding a lot of time to your day. It’s not hard if you try to make it simple. Let’s look at a few exercises that you can do to add self-care to your daily life.
Wake Up Earlier -- Wake up thirty minutes earlier than normal. Make a cup of coffee and go outside and breathe in some fresh air if you want to. Alternatively, you can choose to go for a walk, read the newspaper, or a book. It’s up to you but don’t do anything that makes you stressed out. This is quiet time just for you.
Wait Times -- At some point in life we all end up having to wait around for something. Waiting can be very stressful if you don’t have a plan. Maybe you are at the doctor’s office in the waiting area or waiting in line to pick up your kids from school. Take advantage of this time by bringing a book with you (I use the Kindle app on my phone). If you prefer you can also play a game of sudoku.
Breaks and Naps -- Don't pass up those breaks at work. Seriously, don't. Get outside and walk for ten minutes. If you are at home and put your kids down for a nap take advantage of that time and catch up on a television series. When you’re given a break, take it.
Use Your Self-Care Survival Kit -- During the hour before you go to bed, dive into your self-care survival kit. You may want to color to bring your blood pressure down so that you sleep better. Choose calming activities close to bedtime.
Change Up Your Routine -- Sing while you clean the kitchen, dance while you pick up the living room, or see how fast you can fold laundry. Take a different route to work and blast some music or listen to an audio book on the way there. It’s amazing one what little change can do for your mood.
Cook Something New -- Pick a day out of the week to cook something new and exciting. Make life easy by making each day of the week something different like meatless Mondays or taco Tuesdays. Try different recipes for twists on these dishes.
Smell Your Food -- When you sit down to eat take the time to really enjoy your food. Smell it more and really taste your food. Slow down and chew your food carefully and fully. Be mindful about the food you eat when you eat. There is no reason to rush and eat your food too fast. (If you are rushed add this to your calendar so you set aside enough time.)
Use Your Time Wisely -- Turn on the music, burn some incense, or diffuse essential oils, such as doTerra Motivate, while you get ready for work so that you can think positive while you are getting ready. This is especially important if you have a stressful job.
Pamper Yourself -- Buy high-quality shampoo, conditioners, and body soap for your showers. Upgrade your body and face lotions. Buy hands soaps that leave your hands nice and soft. Stick to healthy organic ingredients for an added boost to your daily pampering.
Fidget Toys -- Keeping fidget toys like a fidget spinner or fidget cube around the house and at work can be a real stress reliever when you can’t do anything else. A stress ball and hand grip are other good ideas as well. This way anytime you feel stressed you can pick one up and play with it without interrupting what you are doing.
Self-care doesn't need to be anything major or take hours, a simple change in routine can be exactly what you need. These ideas should help you include self-care activities in your daily life without having to do everything differently.