Wednesday, August 31, 2016

15 Minute or Less Self Care Ideas

Self care is something you do regularly to relax or relieve stress and improve your state of well-being. Self care is so important and something I try to do once a day, but sometimes you just don't seem to have the time to fit in self care. Earlier I talked about how to use your weekend to practice self care and now I want to make a list of ways you can practice self care with just 15 minutes or less.

Self Care ideas you can do with just a few spare minutes

  1. Listen to your favorite song.
  2. Dance to your favorite song.
  3. Watch a funny video on YouTube.
  4. Watch a favorite blogger's latest video on YouTube.
  5. Watch a TedTalk.
  6. Read 1 chapter of a book.
  7. Stretch.
  8. Go for a short walk around the block.
  9. Ask a friend to go for a walk around the block with you.
  10. Take deep breaths.
  11. Meditate.
  12. Catch up on a favorite blog.
  13. Make a quick phone call to a friend or family member.
  14. Drink a glass of water.
  15. Play one round of your favorite game.
  16. Spend some time with your pet.
  17. Paint your nails.
  18. Write a list of things you're thankful for.
  19. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier.
  20. Straighten up an area of your house/office.
  21. Step outside for a bit.
  22. Take a lunch break. Away from your desk/work space.
  23. Journal. If you don't have one just write how you're feeling, how your day is going, or what's on your mind on a piece of paper.
  24. Try hand lettering a favorite quote (or just using your best handwriting).
  25. Draw a quick sketch or doodle.
  26. Write a note or message a friend something nice.
  27.  Make plans with someone for later in the week.
  28. Do a random act of kindness.
  29. Learn a few words or phrases in a new language.
  30. Put on a face mask. 
  31. Read an article about a topic that interests you,

You could do these items first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening. You can even do some of them whenever you have 2-5 minutes to spare during the day! The key with really making these quick ways to practice self-care work is to focus solely on what you're doing. Don't worry about your to do list while you're watching a video or walking around the block. Instead just take a few moments for yourself - you deserve it!

How do you practice self care when you're short on time? Will you use these ideas to practice self care more often? Let me know in the comments!