Something I’m really trying to focus on recently is self-care. I do believe negative thoughts attract negative vibes, so I’m practicing positive thoughts and positive manifesting. Listening to podcasts, you hear a lot of what you can do for self-care but it always seems like it takes so much time out of your day to do these things. For example, I hear a lot about a morning routine but in my case…waking up in the 3 am hour for a morning routine just isn’t realistic. That’s why when habit change expert Dr. Gina Cleo gave Women’s Health some tips on how to do it on a daily basis without it taking up much of your time, I was all in.
This is Dr. Cleo’s two-minute guide to self-care according to Women’s Health:
- Regular positive affirmations – Recognizing yourself for the positive things you’ve achieved totally counts as self-care. Cleo says it can be as simple as writing down three things you did well today.
- Take a coffee break – Mindfully going through the motions of making a cup of coffee can be an effective way to give your brain a break and be present for a few minutes. Taking the time to make coffee at home can give you a quick self-care moment, especially if you sit down afterward and enjoy your brewed beverage without distractions.
- Surround yourself with loved ones – Spending time with people or pets you care about is another easy way to practice self-care. Meeting a friend to catch up over lunch or catching up with your partner mid-day gives you a welcome break during the workday.
- Pamper your hands – If you constantly work on a computer, your hands need some love. Treat them to a two-minute hand massage to relax your muscles and prevent repetitive strain injuries. Take it to the next level by adding a jasmine-scented hand cream since the scent can reportedly calm the nerves and help soothe anxiety.
- Break a sweat – Pretty much any form of exercise can be a stress reliever, whether you prefer a HIIT session or a Pilates workout. And if you want to calm your racing mind, try stretching and incorporating long, soothing breaths. Yoga moves like the child’s pose and cat-cow pose are easy and effective for relieving stress and fatigue.
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SOURCE: Women’s Health