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Break for A Self-Care Minute

“I don’t have time.” 


 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. 

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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! 


 Stop Everything 

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.

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Look Around

 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. 


 Daydream

 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. 


Show Gratitude

 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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By taking a minute to yourself, you’ll be surprised at the impact this has on your mental and physical self. Being more relaxed and less stressed will help you feel healthier and happier as you go about your day. 


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  • Angel Lewis

    A bit about me. I was born and raised in rural North Carolina, and currently call Virginia home. My passion for writing was awakened while attending Guilford College (Greensboro, NC). In 2021, I published my first book 'My Self-Care Plan: 12 Monthly Strategies That Will Transform Your Life'. It inspires readers to make self-care a priority during the next 12 months so that they can live their best life possible. The spring of 2022 saw the release of 'Ready. Set. Fly!' my debut children’s book that encourages self-belief and perseverance.

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8 thoughts on “Break for A Self-Care Minute

  1. Great tips here! Taking care of ourselves is so important but yet it is also something we most neglect. Your tips prove that it doesn’t have to be time consuming to do something good for ourselves. Just few minutes of doing things intentionally are enough. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  2. I have always believed the mantra that if it’s important you’ll make it and if it’s not, you’ll make an excuse. Personally, I am working on slowly down when I eat…

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