Self Care Activities You Can Do In 10 Minutes or Less
1. Pet your dog or cat. As you do so, focus on the softness of their fur, and the repetitive motions. If you don’t have a pet, use a fluffy pillow, blanket or sweater!
2. Do a few Affirmations. Positive self-statements can bring more confident self-talk into your day and they force you to say nice things to yourself where you usually wouldn’t. There are many resources online, choose a statement each day and take 5 minutes to say it out loud to yourself at least 10 times. Really focus on the statement, don’t argue with yourself against it!
3. Accept a compliment. While not something you can plan, accepting compliments can go a long way in improving your self-esteem. Think about it. Every time you reject a compliment, you are filling your head with excuses and negative self-talk. Instead, when someone compliments you, say thank you and SMILE!
4. 10 Deep Breaths. Breathe. How often are we really aware of our breathing (other than when the respiratory virus is going around, or it’s allergy season…). Instead, sit and focus on your breathing. Ten deep, slow breaths can calm you, slow your heart rate, and bring you to a resting state.
5. Stretch. Stand up and lift your arms over your head, then touch your toes (if you can!). Stand back up slowly, and let your head roll from side to side gently and slowly.
6. Message a loved one. We get so wrapped up in work, routine, and all the stress in our lives that it can be easy to forget our loved ones. Send a text to a friend or family member and let them know you’re thinking about them.
7. Watch a funny YouTube clip. Laughter is great medicine for stress. Personally, I love watching dogs do ridiculous things, but there are lots of blooper reels out there, too!
8. Make a cup of herbal tea. This not only makes you step away from the computer a few minutes, but depending on the tea you choose, it can also be a natural mood booster.
9. Try zentangles. Zentangles is the creation of art through repetitive patterns. It can be relaxing and improve focus and concentration.
10. Talk a walk. Outside, inside, or even in place. The point is to get up, get the blood moving, and feel better.
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