We all know that self-care – the act of taking caring of ourselves – is essential to performing and feeling our best. Taking care of ourselves impacts our ability to perform in business, as parents, spouses and siblings, and as friends.
Yet many people struggle to find the time for self-care. Ideally, we’d all make more time for ourselves; but because that does not always happen, here are ten quick ways that you can practice self-care in ten minutes or less.
1. Read a favorite, non-work related book.
It’s fun and 100% “you” time. Enjoy it.
2. Call (not text!) a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
Science shows that personal connections are one of the most important factors in overall happiness. A short call with a friend can make put you in a good mood and help maintain that important relationship.
3. Write a letter telling someone that you appreciate him or her.
This is another way of maintaining personal connections, plus showing other people appreciation makes us feel better about ourselves.
4. Practice gratitude.
Take five minutes to list all of the things you’re grateful for. You can include big things like your health and small things like the fact that you’re sitting in a comfortable chair. Considering making this a daily practice.
If you’re new to meditation, consider using an app like Headspace for guided meditations.
6. Make and drink a green smoothie.
This one should taste great and help you stay healthy physically; plus it may help you avoid eating less healthy, energy draining, food later in the day.
7. Hug a loved one.
Physical contact causes a release of endorphins, which will make you feel great right away and is good for your overall health. Plus, who doesn’t like hugging?
8. Give yourself a hand massage.
Massages feel great and can help you relax – and massaging your hand is a whole lot more comfortable than trying to massage your own back. Plus taking time to massage your own hand serves as a physical reminder that you’re taking time for yourself.
9. Do a high intensity workout.
Yes, ten minutes is enough time. You’ll get the endorphins flowing and help keep your heart healthy. If you’re not sure what to do, try searching YouTube for the phrase “10 Minute HIIT Workout.” (HIIT stands for high intensity interval training).
10. Go outside.
Changing your physical location, even for a few minutes, can help you separate for your stressful day. Plus the fresh air and sunshine will help you feel great.
Tell me: what’s your favorite 10 minute or less self-care practice?