Be honest. Have work and personal responsibilities taken their toll? Has caring for yourself been pushed to the bottom or completely off your to-do list? How about members of your team and your family and friends?
The good news is healthy habits can begin or restart with very little effort or time. Let momentum be your friend and commit to just ten minutes of self care each day. Before you know it, these practices will be an integral part of your routine.
Better balance matters. In addition to supporting your health, this commitment will enhance your personal and professional relationships and improve your performance at work.
Here are some examples to get you going:
- Get moving! Take a short mid-morning walk around your office, up and down a few flights of stairs, or outside in the sunshine. Even ten minutes of stretching and deep breathing at your desk will make a difference.
- Are you drinking enough? Water, that is! Schedule a break several times during the day to enjoy a refreshing glass. It’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger, which can lead to overeating, and being fully hydrated helps you think clearer.
- Capitalize on the power of gratitude. Each week, write and mail a sincere note to someone you appreciate. Consider family members, new and old friends, neighbors, colleagues and clients. You’ll both benefit from this practice in positivity. Keeping note cards and stamps nearby will ensure you follow through.
- Clean out the clutter. Clutter distracts and confuses us and drains our energy. Set a ten-minute alarm and commence to clean out part of a file cabinet drawer, a section of your clothes closet or junk emails. You’ll have more energy and clarity to focus on what really matters.
What’s a simple way you practice self care?