As women we wear many hats from mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend, entrepreneur, employee, aunt and the list goes on. With wearing so many hats and life happening the way it does, we often neglect to take care of ourselves. We know that in order to help others we are in need of taking care of ourselves first; however, sometimes it’s a challenge to put into practice. Sometimes we even feel guilty for putting ourselves first and that shouldn’t be. It really is true that we can’t give our best to others until we first give our best to ourselves. So what does this mean? This means we must daily practice self-care and make it a priority. Self-care is like being on a plane and putting your oxygen mask on first before you can assist others who need assistance putting on their oxygen mask.
I know this journey of fearless living isn’t easy. Fearless living means being challenged often, adopting new habits, gaining wisdom, knowledge and understanding, constant self-reflection, and self-growth. This process can be emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally draining. I’m all to familiar with feeling off balance or out of alignment and its because I neglected to make self-care a priority. I had so many excuses about why self-care wasn’t a priority. The famous excuse of all is there’s not enough time in the day. (In my Tamara Braxton voice) Lies!
Below I will share with you 5 self-care activities that you can do daily for 30 minutes or less.
- Hot bubble bath – Taking a nice hot bubble bath is very relaxing. It’s the perfect way to end a long day taking care of business and everyone else. It’s a great way to get some time alone to reflect on the day and prepare yourself for a good nights sleep. If you really want to jazz things up, while taking your bubble bath you can have some lighted candles, listen to music, or read a book. To transform an ordinary bath into a relaxing spa try scents such as: eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint.
- Listening to music – Listening to music can be very relaxing and a form of self-care. I love the quote “When words fail, music speaks.” There is truly a song for any and everything that we go through in life. For me, I begin every morning listening to gospel and inspirational music to set the tone of my day with gratitude. The music I listen to the other times of the day greatly depends on how I feel and what I’m in the mood to listen to. Often times then not, the lyrics in the songs played will be the very things that I’m going through/feel/been through or the things I need to hear to help me sort through my stuff and put things into perspective. Don’t feel confined to music with words. I also enjoy listening to jazz music where there’s no words influencing my thoughts but just me and my thoughts left alone to sort things out and relax.
- Reading – Reading is a great form of self-care. There’s a genre of books called “self-improvement” and “positive psychology” that have amazingly good reads. These books offer you encouragement, inspiration, a different perspective, hope, problem solving tips, motivation, success tips, and happy living tips. No matter what genre of books you read, like music reading can take your mind on a journey of healing, dreaming, and learning.
- Journaling – Journaling is another great form of self-care. Journaling allows for self-reflection and opens the doors to self-healing and self-growth. Journaling is a great way to start and/or end your day. The content of your writings is up to you. You can journal your thoughts, feelings, things you’ve done, things you need to do, goals, wishes, dreams, ideas, prayers, etc.
- Exercise – Last but not least, exercise is a great form of self-care. There are numerous health benefits to exercising such as; increased relaxation, better sleep and mood, increased productivity, better immune system, weight loss, reduce risk of disease and ill health, and the list goes on. Exercise is one activity that takes a holistic approach to self-care as it has physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and mental benefits. Contrary to popular belief, you can engage in exercise daily for 15-30 minutes and reap the benefits.
I hope this list of self-care activities that you can do in 30 minutes or less helps you make self-care a priority. The great thing about the list is the ability to combine 2-3 of these activities into one activity for optimum benefits. Go for it!
Feel free to share with us below other self-care activities that you’ve done in 30 minutes or less.