5 QUICK & EASY SELF-CARE TIPS FOR THE STRESSED OUT WOMAN
For us women, self-care can feel like an unaffordable luxury. Self-care is often advertised as long weekends spent at the beach, or a trip to the spa. In some cases it is hours of exercise is considered self-care. In reality, self-care can be anything (small or big) you do to give your body the attention it needs.
Which is why the following tips will take 10 minutes or less and make a big impact on your body.
Touch your toes and stretch
It’s easy to ignore the stress in our spines. But the truth of the matter is that when we spend long hours hunched over the computer, curled up on the couch or picking up after the kids, our posture and body take the backseat. It won’t take more than ten minutes to step out of your chair and touch your toes. Yet the stretching will do your aching joints and body some long-lasting good.
While you’re at it, stretch the rest of your body as well. Perhaps you can look up a yoga posture, or you have a stretching routine in mind already. Whether it is advanced or basic, any kind of stretching will keep your body functioning well despite periods of inactivity. Touch your toes, extend your arms and gear yourself up physically and mentally for whatever task is at hand.
Massage and moisturize
Though we tend to link massages and fancy lotions to a day at the spa, not many of us have the time or budget to indulge in frequent spa trips. But that’s okay because no masseuse will know your body and your preferences as well as you do!
Phone a friend
At a time where connectivity options are abundant, it’s funny how disconnected we actually are. The troubles of everyday life can be exhausting and drain us of all the time and will to socialize beyond what is absolutely necessary. During our free time there are personal things we need to tend to that make socializing take a back seat. But to truly care for ourselves, we need to nurture social and emotional aspects as well.
While it’s easy to pick up your phone and send a text, take ten minutes out of your day to chat with a friend or family member. You benefit just as much as they do. Simply talk about your day and maintain the feeling of being connected. Your support system can help relieve stress and help you to maintain a healthy mindset through your shared bond.
Drink two additional glasses of water today
Water is that little magic potion we all too often ignore: it relieves fatigue, clears skin, detoxes your body, improves digestion, and prevents cramps. And yet we often forget to hydrate, or hydrate so little we get headaches as a result. Not only will drinking two glasses of water help you hydrate, it will also give you much-needed time to get away from your technological devices and focus on your surroundings.
Drink the water slowly and savor the break from you work before you dive back into it. Take it in slow sips if you need to and be sure to follow this tip regularly to meet your daily requirement of H2O. Try to follow the sensation of the water as it trickles down your throat as this will help you take your mind off the stress and daily chaos of your life for a few seconds. Not a big water fan? Add in a little squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to bring life back to it, and add a touch of flavor. You could also grab a jug of water and put some sliced fruit such as strawberries and mint for a delightful way to get your water in.
Play with your pet or go for a walk
Whether it’s a furry friend or a tank full of fish, scientists have proven the health benefits of animals at every turn. A pet of your own means a faithful companion. And in addition to that spending time with a pet is a proven way to lower blood pressure and increase oxytocin levels.
The enjoyment from pets can be calming and repetitive motion of petting your companion (or even staring at a fish tank!) will help soothe you. Don’t have a pet? Go for a walk to your local park or dog walking track, just taking in the sights of other dogs and animals has the same impact on your wellbeing.
It’s also about the soul food that fuels you and the small things that make big impacts on your overall well-being. By practicing these 5 tips, you get to spend 10 minutes away from whatever it is you do each day and you get to separate yourself from the chaos and stress of your daily life. Do you take 10 minutes out of your day for you each day? Share with me below!
Peace & Happiness,
I am a woman on the same journey as you – navigating this crazy, chaotic, yet beautiful gift of life.
My journey includes managing and overcoming: depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, chronic pain, ankylosing spondylitis, buried traumas, emotional eating, and addictions – without the use of harmful medications.
A journey that has taken me from suicidal, to sacred spaces in other countries, and to the depths of my soul.
All this while being a stay-at-home-mom raising three little humans!
My service to the world is empowering women to overcome the obstacles holding them back from living an authentic life, full of passion, health, happiness, and ease..
The world needs more calm, peace, and love. As women on this planet – this change begins within each and every one of us.