We’re all busy, overscheduled, and worn out these days.
Between work, family, and all other obligations, it can seem impossible to find time for yourself.
There are a lot of self-care idea lists out there but many of them require a time investment and sometimes, we just don’t have the time. Life may be hectic but you can’t lose yourself in the midst of the chaos.
After I had my first child, I become overwhelmed with keeping up with the household chores, caring for an infant, being a new stay-at-home mom, and trying to keep in touch with my friends. I can’t remember where I first heard this saying but around that time the advice came my way that on airplanes, they tell you to put your own mask on first before you help anyone else.
Then it dawned on me:
It was imperative that I take care of my own health before I could really be the best mother, wife, daughter, and friend that I could be. Another wise person told me later that “You can’t pour from an empty cup” and that’s just it. If you have nothing left at the end of the day, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Once I figured out I knew I needed to take care of myself more, my first thought became but how can I take time out for myself when I barely have time for others? I know a lot of you struggle with the same dilemma so I created a list to give you some starting ideas because I know when you are burned out, sometimes it can be hard to think straight. I also know that you don’t want the idea of self-care to stress you out because it is something that is supposed to be done for you.
As a disclaimer, there are some affiliate links in here and as an Amazon affiliate, I get compensated for qualified purchases, but, as always, I won’t promote any product I don’t believe in or haven’t tried myself.
So, here are 10 super easy self-care ideas that won’t take any time or effort:
1. Subscribe to some subscription boxes. There are subscription boxes for everything from beauty to beef jerky. The anticipation of getting that monthly box in the mail with products right up your alley is a fun and easy way to do something nice for yourself.
2. Take a bath. At the end of the day, a hot bath (with or without bubbles) can be soothing and relaxing. Take 10 – 30 minutes before bed to soak and clear your mind.
3. Create an upbeat playlist. Curate a playlist with your favorite jams to get you up and moving. You can listen to it on the way to work or at home and have a full-on dance party!
4. Buy yourself some flowers. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant if you’re short on cash but a fresh bouquet of flowers always brightens up a space and is an easy way to do something nice for yourself.
5. Give yourself a manicure/ pedicure. This can tie into the subscription boxes suggestion as well if you love doing your own nails as I do. I LOVE Julep nail polish. You can buy their polish one at a time or they will send you a curated box with new colors for you every month. I happen to have a coupon if you’re interested and here’s the link to check them out. Use the code JUST4YOU at check-out and you can try out your first month for FREE!
6. Write down 5 things you are grateful for. I’ve always liked this exercise because it has always helped ground me when I’m feeling overwhelmed. There’s always something to be grateful for even if it’s simple things like breathing, the ability to work, or just the fact that the sun is shining today.
7. Drink more water. This is such an overlooked thing but it’s pretty important. Even if you can’t get in 8 glasses a day, limiting caffeine and other beverages can improve your well-being. Here’s a cute water bottle to help you keep track of your progress. I like that it has motivational sayings on the bottle!
8. Pick 3 things in your environment and notice their positive details. This is similar to the grateful exercise but you don’t have to be grateful for these items. All you have to do is look out the window and find a plant, flower, or tree for example and notice some things that you like about them. Maybe you enjoy the colors of the flowers on a bush or that you like how it attracts butterflies. This exercise will help to boost your positivity by helping you notice the goodness in the things around you.
9. Create a to-do list and prioritize your tasks. To- do lists are tricky. They stress some people out but they are incredibly helpful for others. I like to find stationery that I really like and that is what helps motivate me. Here is the list that I use but you can find these to-do list pads at stores like TJ Maxx or Marshall’s if this isn’t your style. When I have an extra long list, I will highlight certain tasks that are important and if the other tasks have to wait until tomorrow, then so be it.
10. Take advantage of your Netflix subscription. Find a show that you’ve been dying to catch up on and binge watch a couple of episodes. The dishes can wait and so can the laundry. If you want some company, invite a few friends over and make it a girl’s night! If alone time is more what you need, let everyone know that you need some time to yourself and that you will be with them once you are done.
Remember: There’s nothing wrong with making an investment in yourself!
You are worth the little bit of extra time or money to take some time out to pamper yourself! Think about all that you do in a day and all that you do for other people, to make their lives easier. Taking some time for you isn’t being selfish and it’s not being unappreciative to the people around you. Self-care is ensuring that you can be the best version of yourself for you and those around you.