Can You Find Ten Minutes for Self Care?

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?

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8 thoughts on “Can You Find Ten Minutes for Self Care?

  1. Elizabeth Fairleigh Reply

    Great advice – I like how you break everything down into 10 minute exercises. That takes the excuse out of not enough time!! I am a firm believer in exercise as a form of self care and practice this regularly. I also do the water thing and de-cluttering – Love the idea of the gratitude cards – Will definitely give this a shot! Would an email suffice or do you think i need to mail a letter?

    • Tricia Molloy Post authorReply

      An email is better than nothing but you and I know the power of a hand-written card in the mail! It’s so rare these days that it really stands out.

  2. Anne Reply

    Tricia! I love each of these ideas. Recently I started a water aerobics class twice a week. Love it!!!

  3. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler Reply

    Great piece! I have found that even glancing up and looking at the trees outside reset my brain. And the research supports that:)

  4. Angela Reply

    My self-care includes a daily morning ritual of meditation, journaling and exercise. I also like to listen to something motivating- podcast, music, etc while getting ready for the day.

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