In the daily hustle bustle of life, it is easy to put self-care on the backburner. Specifically considering the holiday season that is just around the corner and we’re in a rush to get things done. Self-care really does get the silent treatment.
So, we have it clear – we don’t have the time for exaggerate yoga or meditation in our routine. However, we can always take small steps for giving ourselves the care that we deserve. Hence, without further ado, let’s dig into what you can do to take care of yourself this fall:
1. Focus on your breathing
Pay attention to your breathing. This means that you need to focus on both your inhaling and exhaling and try to match their length or duration. When hectic times strike, our breaths are often the first things to take a toll.
If you’re a daily mediator or yoga practitioner, then you are good to go. However, if you are not, then there’s good news for you – breathing can have the same benefits as daily meditation minus the time commitment.
Focused breathing helps to lower cortisol levels, relax tense muscles, and purify the blood. Since you can practice mindful breathing anywhere including at work, this practice will help you give self-care the priority it deserves.
2. Schedule self-care
Why in the world would you do that when we just talked that you don’t have the time for self-care? Because self-care is important and you need to give it attention. And, unless you don’t find this pointer in lists such as these, your busy brain will talk you out of practicing self-care.
Thus, you need to allot a separate time to self-care. It doesn’t mean that you need to cut out an hour from your day. You can start with 15 minutes of self-care daily. At the very least, take out 5 minutes. All you have got to do is to do whatever relaxes you.
The key here, however, is that the time you dedicate to self-care is properly scheduled. It’s not another to-do thing on your checklist but a definite thing that needs to be done on a set time. And, during that time, you can’t cheat or do anything else.
3. Drink lots of water
Often as the autumn arrives, our thirst dies. That’s probably because the sun isn’t shining down hard upon you so we give up on our body’s reminder to drink water. The best thing you can do for your self-care in this regard is not wait for your body’s thirst alarms to ring.
Instead, remind yourself to drink water after, say, every hour. Another trick to add water to your routine includes keeping a water bottle at the ready with you all the time. If you don’t like water’s taste, add lemon or other such flavorings to your water.
Not to mention, fall is the time when your lips get chapped and skin dryness kicks in. So, this self-care tip in the health department can help you deal with this skincare issue too.
4. Treat yourself with a warm drink
Yes, you do that. That’s the expected reaction to this pointer. However, by treating yourself to something warm means that you enjoy your drink. This means that you shouldn’t just quickly stop by Starbucks on your way to work, grab a coffee, and gulp it on the subway or so.
Tweak this routine a bit. Sit down at the coffee shop and enjoy your drink and collect your thoughts for the day. Don’t make this another time of the day when you are checking your emails.
If stopping by the coffee shop does not fall into your budget, then you can always get up early and make yourself some tea or whatever you prefer in the morning. Have it before the day begins.