This is the First Thing to go When you get Stressed.

There are SO many buzz words out there right now when it comes to our health.

Mindfulness

Meditation

Eclectic

Integrated

And the list goes on…

As I was going about my day, getting back to me after a long couple weeks, I got to thinking about another buzz and reflecting on why it is that it’s the first thing to go by the wayside when things start to sizzle.

Self-Care.

We hear about it all the time.

” Don’t forget your self-care”  ” Make sure to take care of yourself”

My favorite is the cliche ” you have to put your oxygen mask on first”.

All true, by the way.

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Easier said than done.

Have you ever had those times when you know that you will feel better if you exercise, but you are just so exhausted that you can’t bring yourself to go?

Or the times when instead of leaving your office to eat your lunch, you eat and work at your desk?

This is what I am talking about.

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Here are a few self-care practices that you can do in just 10 minutes a day.

Do them when you feel great.

Do them when you feel stressed.

Just. Do. Them.

This 10 minutes could change everything.

1. Step outside of your environment and take a few deep breaths. 

I mean walk out of your office, home, or other place that you spend your time and energy and take a few DEEP breaths.   Notice the air, the smells, your senses.  Reset.

2. Create a morning ritual.

Here are some examples:

Take a few breaths with your eyes closed and set an intention for your day.

Before your feet hit the floor stretch your body reaching your arms above your head and your feet as far they reach

Set an intention for your day and say it out loud or silently.

Acknowledge three things that you are grateful for

State one thing that you are looking forward to today

3.  Move your body

Whether this be full blown exercise, or just being mindful to park in the farthest spot from the door, move your body.  Get up every hour and walk down the hall.  Print your documents on the printer in the next office.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.   All those little efforts will add up and pay off big time.

Lastly, if you are like me, a bit of pampering ( or a LOT of pampering) goes a long way.  Treat yourself when you can to something that makes you feel great.  Surround yourself with people who recharge you so you can continue to go fight life’s inevitable battles.

What other self-care practices sustain you?  I would love to hear!!

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