How many times have you heard, or perhaps even said, “I don’t have time for self-care, I’m too busy.”
Only to probably hear someone respond with “you have to make self-care a priority”.
There is a constant battle from one side of the spectrum screaming “self-care! self-care! self-care!” to other side screaming “When? When? When?”
It is enough to make anyone mad.
But the reality is -- we all know we need to take care of ourselves.
How then do we do this without it feeling like a chore or another ‘to do’ on our already overflowing 'to do' list?
In this article I speak to shifting our views on self-care and give 7 self-ideas ideas that you can do anytime, anywhere to nurture your overall mental wellness.
In a world where we are inundated with information overload, fear-based news, unrealistic expectations on families and the constant stress of simply trying to make ends meet; we need take care of ourselves and our families more than ever.
When people think of self-care most often they immediately think of external activities you do in order to feel better about yourself.
Like going to the spa, the gym, on a vacation or for a massage. You know the ones...
Activities which provide momentary relief from reality.
Activities which have a place in the self care spectrum, however may not always be practical for everyone due to time restraints, finances and other family commitments.
What is missing in the self-care realm is incorporating internal self-care practices that take less then 5 minutes of our day.
By focusing on your internal self-care, you are not only practicing a self-care routine, you are are also creating lasting habits of mental wellness with out even realizing it. Literally re-wiring your brain for lasting change.
Whereas, after the massage, after the pedicure, after the vacation -- you are coming back to your stressful, overwhelmed life. Yes, you may feel slightly rejuvenated, but how long does that rejuvenation last? Until you walk back into your house? Your work? Until your kid has a meltdown?
We must redefine self-care from the inside, make the internal changes so we can lead a more joyful life finding happiness in the present.
So how then do we make time for self-care?
start with an easy habit you can implement that takes less than 5 minutes of your day.
Make the decision to consciously practice it each day.
Accept it is your own personal responsibility to engage in self-care.
You cannot get around this fact.
Drop the excuses and carve out 5 minutes to focus on internal self-care. While you commute, when you are cooking, on social media, in front of the tv, exercising.
You have to make the choice to commit to yourself.
Choose to love yourself enough to take care of you.
Sometimes the smallest acts have the biggest impacts.
Love yourself enough to invest 5 minutes in your self care.
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