Micro Self-Care

There’s oodles of information out there on implementing self-care.  And when you think of what you’d enjoy spending more time doing, you probably have thoughts of lazy beach days, fun hobbies, or activities like regular massages, workout sessions or sitting down with a good book for a whole day.  Most of it is pretty tough to implement while rushing around with hardly a minute to spare. 

I think we’ve all experienced days when we’re full of energy, able to meet everything that faces us with positivity.  On the flip side, there are days and moments when we’re dragging our feet barely getting by. 

It ends up affecting our sleep, leaves us feeling drained, and makes it hard to interact with friends and family, often causing feelings of guilt and dissatisfaction.  The harder we push ourselves the closer we edge towards breakdown (nod if you’ve experienced this).

Investing pockets of time to boost ourselves not only supports us, it also impacts all those around us.  It seems especially hard for us moms to take moments to replenish our energy, yet if we do it's way easier to face our days with renewed positivity.

While most of us have those things that are fun and help us destress, finding time for them often seems impossible.  Attempting to cram it into our nonstop to-do lists feels overwhelming.  When we’re feeling this way it can actually be counter-productive to try to stuff in an additional ‘to-do’ that requires time and dedication.  That enjoyable hobby?  It feels like a pipe dream.

Instead of wishfully thinking of big self-care desires – let’s do a paradigm shift

What are some things you can do each day that only requires a small moment of time?  Micro-moments compound into a big impact done regularly.  Research studies (yep, there’s research on this) show that small daily actions give a bigger result as opposed to one large action done infrequently.  So what you do each day can have an impressive impact on your energy levels as opposed to the one week a year spent relaxing on the beach.

The power of mini self-care is that we get bigger results over time (did I say that already?).

When self-care requires such a small investment from us, it’s much easier to implement and it can become a daily habit that happens automatically - replenishing ourselves without extra thought.

Okay, friend, let’s do a quick activity together.  Run grab a pen and paper – I’ll be here when you get back.

Good. Now think of all the things that you enjoy that require only 5 minutes.

Here’s some suggestions:

  • Lie or sit in a quiet room with all electronics shut off
  • Stand barefoot in the yard
  • Enjoy a hot (or cold) drink, savoring each mouthful
  • Implement a daily skincare ritual
  • Listen to a motivational podcast or book
  • Step outside and take deep breaths
  • Drink an extra glass of water (add a squeeze of lemon for an extra boost)
  • Do one downward dog stretch
  • Read a few pages of a good book
  • Text a friend
  • Express gratitude 
  • Do some neck and ankle rolls
  • Sit down and play a moment with your kids

Awesome!  Write a big star next to the three activities that bring you the most joy.  Slip these three things into your day – matter of fact, do one of them immediately.  Now you’ve got yourself three micro self-care tools to boost your energy each day.  AND you’ve got yourself a self-care toolbox to choose activities from at any time.  I encourage you to paste the list up somewhere prominent to remind yourself to take simple breaks each day. 

Implementing micro moments for yourself supports your nervous system in relaxing, helps put life’s ups and downs in the right perspective, elevates your mood, minimizes feelings of anxiety, supports in being more at ease.

Go live vibrant!

  

Hanna is a mom of busy children, is completing her Diploma is Organic Skincare Formulation and is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Hanna's love of natural skincare began with her own journey of struggle and angst with skin issues. Finally, after finding no solutions she rolled up her sleeves and spent half a decade researching ingredients and formulas until....finally...something actually worked. Most of her time is spend trying to keep up with the kids, folding something like 99 loads of laundry a day, and making sure nobody starves (they seem to do that 30 minutes after meal time). But when she's got a spare minute she loves helping other women achieve radiance, naturally!

 

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September 13, 2021 — Hanna Hendrickson

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