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Self-care ideas when you’re short on time

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

As a caregiver, we have all said it…“I just don’t have time for self-care”. The problem is, if we don’t make time for self-care, our bodies and minds will eventually start to buckle under the immense pressure of our daily stresses. The best way is to start small. Set a small goal and stick to it, once that is successfully built into your routine you can either build upon that or make a totally new goal!

Here are some ideas:

  1. Drink more water. Find out some health benefits of staying hydrated

  2. Practice meditation (start with 1-5 min/day). Read about the benefits of meditation

  3. Create 3 affirmations you can say to yourself daily.

  4. Move more! You can walk daily, add 5-10 minutes of movement 3-5 times per day, do an exercise class, ride your bike, lift weights, spar with someone, etc. Try to sweat and get your heart rate up each day (as long as you are medically cleared to do so). Check out this cool read on how different types of movement and exercise change activity in different parts of the brain!

  5. Listen to or read something everyday that inspires you, teaches you something, makes you laugh or is just plain enjoyable! Even reading just a few minutes a day has significant health benefits

  6. Reduce time spent on social media. Social media use affects our health!

  7. Find a tribe-lean on them, support them. "Not only is it human nature to crave intimacy and belonging, it’s also essential preventative medicine".

  8. Pick one meal everyday and make a healthier choice. Here are some ideas, please always check with your health care provider before making any changes!

  9. Put your bare feet on the ground every day. Grounding: Exploring Earthing Science and the Benefits Behind It. There is also a neat YouTube movie on Earthing if you are so inclined to watch it.

  10. Start journaling. Read about 83 Benefits of Journaling

  11. Create something-clay, music, photograph, drawing, painting, crocheting, quilting, quilling, poetry, etc. Find out How Creativity Positively Impacts Your Health

  12. Practice gratitude daily. Learn lots more about the benefits of gratitude

  13. Give or get a hug - some great benefits to hugging!

  14. Give someone a compliment and smile more

  15. Pray or do an activity that brings you peace. This is not for everyone, but some people find a lot of peace in their religion or spirituality.

  16. Work on your sleep hygiene (if possible)

  17. Take a shower or bath

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Be well,


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