Self-care doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. You can even slip a little simple self-care into what’s already on your schedule today.
When you are a caregiver, there are lots of well-meaning people who will remind you that you need to take care of yourself.
But when you’re spending so much time taking care of others, taking care of yourself becomes just another item on that overwhelming to do list. And it usually just keeps getting pushed further and further down the list.
Self-care doesn’t have to big, time-consuming, or hard. Here are six ways to slip a little self-care into what you already have on that packed schedule today.
Take Yourself to Another World
The amazing thing about having a smartphone is the ability to have your favorite music or a spell-binding story right at your fingertips.
So instead of worrying about everything you need to do and worrying about what’s happening, let your playlist or an audiobook whisk you away to another world. Plug in some earbuds and listen while you grocery shop, run errands, cook, or clean.
Get a Tiny Workout
Accidental exercise is just as good for your mind and body as going to the gym. And just five minutes here and there can add up to good things.
Accidentally exercise by parking a little farther away from the store or your office and getting in a two-minute walk. Or, have a little boogie time while you clean the bathroom or chop up the vegetables for dinner.
Treat yourself to a special coffee or tea, a bit of luscious chocolate, or an exotic piece of fruit. Or pick up some fresh flowers while you’re at the grocery store.
Even a small treat can feel like a luxury when it’s unexpected!
Drinking more water is good for your physical and mental health. Being dehydrated can make you more irritable, tired, and yuck, constipated.
So add a glass or bottle of cool, clean water to your day. If you’re tired of plain water, why not try some sparkling water or infuse your water with your favorite fruit for a refreshing treat.
Bend and Stretch
When you’re spending a lot of time sitting and worrying, you put a lot of stress on your neck, shoulders, and back.
Counteract the tension turtle by standing up and stretching your arms above your head, then bend and touch your toes.
Give a Hug, Get a Hug
Nothing feels as good as a loving hug, for you and for the loved one you’re caring for.
Give a loving hug today, and you’ll get a bonus: a hug for you in return!
What simple self-care will you slip into your schedule today?