How often have you said those words when it came to self-care? Oh, you know it’s good for you. But really, who has hours to spare just to take care of themselves?
Simply, you do. In fact, you have more time than you think. Take a break and try one of these 6 self-care tips. Each takes less than a minute to perform.
Take a Deep Breath
Anytime you’re feeling tense, stressed out, or even just a little ‘off’, taking several deep breaths will change the situation for the better. The key? Don’t just breathe. Hold your breath in between steps for maximum impact. Start with inhaling to the count of four, then hold it for the count of four, and exhale to the count of four.
Slow Down Your Meals
When was the last time you truly enjoyed your food? The next time you eat anything at all, pause in your chewing to savor the textures and flavors. By doing this, you aid in digestion and rediscover the joy of eating all at the same time!
There is a lot to be said for a moment of silence. Calm racing thoughts, lower your heart rate, and relax fully into the moment by turning off your electronics and just sitting with your eyes closed. Even doing this for just 30 seconds does wonders for your state of mind.
Another great technique for calming yourself but still engaging the mind actively is to take notice of an object near you. Spend a full minute exploring this object, noting everything about it. What does it feel like? What colors is it? How does the light strike the surface? Close your eyes and see if you can recall this object in minute detail. This will actually help in cognition and focus.
Having a rough day? Taking a one-minute vacation in your head can help perk things up. Use this as a visualization exercise for an added benefit by picturing some place you’d like to visit or something you want to experience in person someday.
A thankful heart helps to shift how you see the world and is fantastic for your mood and self-talk. Think of something you’re grateful for. Or better yet, take a minute to jot off a quick email thanking someone in your life for something you appreciate about them.
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