Do you wake up feeling like you have to start your day at 60 miles an hour in order to get everything accomplished? Beginning your mornings with a feeling of dread at the To-Do list ahead is a very disempowering way to start your day. There was a time in my life when this was my life, where I constantly felt like the frazzled White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Running here and there, always with some level of stress, constantly keeping an eye on the time, thinking to myself “once I get all of this stuff done, I will finally have a moment to myself.” Oddly enough, it doesn’t quite work that way. Sometimes you just need to make yourself stop, sit down and enjoy an afternoon tea party.
Very often I hear from women that they feel there is just not enough time for self-care. The idea of adding one more thing, even when it is supposed to be something fun or nurturing, instead brings up a feeling of overwhelm. Since everybody is talking about it and it has become a mainstream thing, self-care must be super important and therefore, this huge mountain that we need to conquer.
Yes, self-care is super important.
No, self-care is not a huge mountain to be conquered.
As the word says it simply means taking care of yourself and that can happen in 10 minutes or less. Think along the lines of what grounds you, what gives you joy, peace, or what lets you feel connected and loved.
It may be 5 more minutes in bed, savoring the softness of the sheets, thanking your body for being there for you every day, being happy about a good night’s sleep.
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the morning? How about taking 5 minutes to really be present with this cup of goodness and appreciating the taste, feel and nourishment it gives you.
There are many simple ways of caring for yourself and increasing your sense of peace and happiness and we all deserve to take care of and make ourselves a priority; everybody around you will benefit. You may also be pleasantly surprised to find you have free time at the end of the day because you shifted your perspective and care routine.
Go ahead, give it a try. I promise, you have 5 or 10 minutes that may become your favorite time during the day. You just may not know it yet.