I wonder how much time you spent on self-care this week. We often feel too busy to squeeze time in for ourselves. The good news is it doesn't take a lot of self-care to make a difference.
Small bubbles of self-care play an important role in maintaining our positive mental health..
Below are a few tips that you may find doable and enjoyable.
Monday: Take a 20 minute walk with a friend.
Tuesday: Listen to a five minute mindfulness app
Wednesday: Eat dinner at the table with TV and devices off.
Thursday: Walk 2000 steps whilst watching your child at training.
Friday: Sit outside and watch the clouds for five minutes.
Saturday: Fill a litre drinking bottle with water and drink it before lunch.
Sunday: Go somewhere new
This list includes my favourite little self care tip, because it's so easy. When I am watching my child at football or cricket training, or playing these sports I love being able to walk around the ground. Even if it is just round and around. This is a form of incidental exercise, which means putting exercise into our day to day life, without making a special effort to get the gym or drive somewhere just to walk.
Some of these tips are double bubbles of self care.
Our brain thrives on new experiences and going somewhere new is a great way to kickstart our cognitive processes. It doesn't have to be far, or different. However, our brain and our whole physiology system love nature, so spending time outdoors is an extra self care bonus.
Walking with a friend combines the benefit of social connections with exercise, a double dose of self-care.
I wonder what other small self-care things you find important?
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* These articles are provided by Kim Ross, Psychologist for general information and education . They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Ross is an Online Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Private Practice Sustainability.