24 Sep Micro-Acts Of Self-Care That Take Little Time And Deliver Big Impact
via Forbes by Palena Neale
If we think about self-care as doing what is necessary to take care of ourselves in the various roles we play, we can start to see that it is not a luxury or self-indulgent, as many people erroneously believe. On the contrary, it makes excellent common and business sense to protect our personal and professional assets!
If we also think more broadly about how it can be practiced — from the more time-consuming practices, such as leisurely nature walks, massages or longer yoga sessions to including micro-acts that can be done in little time — we can see that self-care can be added even to already overflowing agendas.
Here are 25 practices that can all be done in very little time for you to consider, do, adapt and build on.
- Every hour, grab a glass of your favorite cucumber or strawberry water. Water nourishes your mind and body.
- Walk around the block. Movement is powerful for your mind and body.
- Prioritize and practice sleep. This is a key ingredient for your well-being.
- Set aside 10 minutes in the day to plan your meals and snacks. Preparation helps you avoid unhealthy choices later on.
- Listen to 10 minutes of your favorite podcast; repeat throughout the day for a mental break that is fun and provides intellectual stimulation.
- Prepare and say a daily mantra (e.g., “Good enough is great” or “Today is my day to rock as a friend/boss/citizen…”). This sets a positive intention.
- Identify one of your own superpowers (something you’re great at) and remind yourself at breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. You are focusing on and reinforcing the positive.
- Send a message of appreciation to someone (e.g., “I am thinking of you” or “You did a great job on that report”). Spreading kindness nourishes you and the recipient — and is contagious.
- Practice gratitude. Identify three things you are grateful for today and bring them to mind or write them down. This is a great way to build resilience.
- Set aside 10 minutes for some free-flow writing, either to vent or express your creativity. This can serve as a way to boundary your worry-time or increase your anticipation of creative expression…
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