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16 Ways to Engage in Self-Care

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We are addicted to being busy. People often say how busy they are (all the time and everyday) that they do not have time to do anything fun. I would challenge that. Although  many of us are busy: career, home, relationships (romantic and not), children, etc we can find at least 10 minutes in our day to do one simple act for ourselves.

I observe as people go through the motions every single day without taking time to slow down. As a result I see people stressed, overwhelmed, complaining a lot and quite frankly really unhappy. The concept of self-care has completely gotten away from us.

Self-care is now defined by money and having TONS of time. When in fact, self-care is crucial to our well being. It does not (need) involve money nor is it necessary to have lots of time.

So, I have listed 15 ways I engage in self-care. I hope you find them helpful and give them a try!

  1. Take a bubble bath.
  2. Read a good book (on days I am particularly busy I set my timer for 10 minutes!)
  3. Read a fun magazine
  4. Listen to music
  5. Journaling
  6. List 10 things you’re grateful for
  7. Play with dogs
  8. Prayer
  9. Coloring
  10. Take three deep breaths
  11. Unfollow negative people on social media
  12. Unplug from technology for an hour
  13. Take a nap (this is a new habit. Prior to mommy-hood I was not a napper. Now it is amazing!)
  14. Watch a funny movie or TV show (My go-to: The Golden Girls)
  15. Wear your pajamas all day
  16. Find a hobby (volunteering, book club, walking club, learn a new language, etc)

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