Do you regularly take time out for yourself?
Ideally, you should be able to take 15-30 minutes a day for yourself to do something for YOU.
Don’t have time?
Here’s the thing. You will never have the time if you don’t make the time. You need to make the time.
Here are some ideas for you that may take 15-30 minutes a day:
1. Start a meditation practice.
Never done it? Download an app such as Headspace, Calm or my new favourite 1 Giant Mind that walk you through how to meditate and help you establish a habit.
2. Do some yoga or move your body in a way that feels good for you.
If you like running, make time to go running.
If you like to hike, go hiking.
Even if you just dance in your kitchen – it doesn’t matter what you do just that you move your body.
As far as yoga goes, hop on Youtube and find a yoga video that’s up to twenty minutes long. Fifteen minutes of yoga every day is better than one hour once a week. Gaia is a great subscription website like Netflix that has yoga, meditation and spiritual documentaries.
3. Get out in nature get some fresh air, restore balance and ground your energy.
Sit on a park bench, go for a leisurely walk, or soak in the sun on your deck. Plant your feet in the soil.
4. Watch a silly movie or go see a comedy show and LAUGH!
Nothing is better than a good laugh or some brain fluff to take your mind off things or relieve stress.
5. Make time for things you love doing.
Got a hobby or a creative passion? Make time for it.
Especially if you are working a job that sucks your soul out. Sorry if this is your situation and you can’t change it in the near future but make time to do things that make your heart happy and feed your soul.
6. Take a bath.
Use bath bombs or bath salts that smell delicious and envelope your senses.
7. Create something.
Make a collage, colour in an adult colouring book (a great form of meditation) or cook something new.
8. Go for coffee with a friend you feel connected to.
If they don’t live nearby schedule a phone date. Connection is so good for the soul.
9. Pamper yourself.
If pampering yourself is your thing, do it.
Go out and get a manicure, have an afternoon of shopping for clothes that make you feel GOOD, or get your hair done. Even just getting some stuff to do an at home facial or nail polish to do your own nails-make time to pamper yourself, if that’s your thing!
10. Read a Book!
Maybe you like to read self-development book to better yourself. Maybe you’d prefer to get lost in a fictional thriller. Whatever it is, curl up with a cup of tea, cozy slippers and a blanket and dive in!
11. And lastly, who doesn’t love a good massage?
Get regular bodywork done to take care of sore muscles, release tension and stress, balance and take care of your body. You only get one body – take good care of it! Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chiro, or Physiotherapy are also forms of bodywork that can help you keep moving and grooving 😉