Self-care in five minutes or less


Posted by Eva Owens

Everyone can agree that it’s important to do some self-care, but finding time in the midst of a demanding job and a busy life can be hard. Here are some ideas that only need to take a few minutes:

Phone a friend
An important part of self-care is not being alone. Even a five-minute phone call to someone who knows you well and has your best interests at heart can be tremendously valuable.

Write it down
The next time someone pays you a compliment or thanks you for something, write it down. Writing down things that make you feel good will help you hold on to them when things get stressful. You could even review them from time to time to remember all the good things about you. And if there’s something you’re proud of but no one else noticed, write that down too.

Give yourself what you’d give others
If you struggle with being hard on yourself, imagine that you’re talking to one of your friends in the same situation. What would you tell them? You’d be gracious, empathetic and encouraging. Practice making your self-talk just as generous as you would be talking to your friend.

Let a negative thought pass
When negative thoughts come into your brain, imagine sitting and watching traffic. Treat each negative thought like one of the cars driving by — in other words, choose to let them pass instead of letting them drive you around all day

Regain control
Sometimes it feels like life is just happening to us. Here are a few small things you can do to regain a measure of control:

Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you (clean the counter, sort the mail, replace the light bulb, etc)
Turn off your phone, sit quietly, and focus on something pleasurable for five minutes (a bird, a cloud, your breath)
Make one small change to your diet for the week (drink an extra glass of water, have an extra serving of vegetables)

Something else that only takes a few minutes and puts you back in control? Signing up for Carina.

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