“There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Does this sound like something you would say? I know I’m guilty of this excuse that we often use when we are feeling strapped for time and put our work, to-do list and others’ needs before our own health.
But the month of February is all about love and I want to talk about simple ways to practice self-care throughout the day. Why? Because we could all probably stand to show ourselves a little more love to help clear our minds, lower stress levels and boost overall health. After all, living a nutritious life isn’t just about what’s on our plate!
I challenge you to set aside 10 minutes of your day to do something that makes your health a priority. Here are 10 ideas to help get you started.
Make a nutritious smoothie. There’s no better way to love yourself than to nourish your body from the inside out.
Go for a walk… outside. The sun’s rays have been shown to increase serotonin in the brain, which helps boost our mood and decrease rates of depression.
Try a meditation app. Meditation can be a great way to declutter your mind and relieve stress. Give it a try with the headspace app!
Call a friend. Sometimes, all it takes is a conversation with a friend for a little pick-me-up.
Have an attitude of gratitude. Did you know that practicing gratitude can lead to increased productivity and positivity?
Declutter. I’ll never forget when a friend of mine told me, “If it can be done in under 5 minutes, just do it!” I love this and keep this in the back of my mind when needing to do things like picking up the house, organizing my office or picking up stray clothes.
Turn up the tunes. And dance like no one’s watching!
Practice a breathing exercise. Anxious or stressed? Your body can’t be stressed and relaxed at the same time, so stop what you’re doing and practice a breathing exercise. I like to follow the 4-7-8 breath method.
Drink your daily quota of water. Follow the 8×8 rule: 8 8oz glasses of water per day.
Pick up a good book. Get lost in a good read to wind down for the night and give your racing mind a break from the busy day.