I’ve written a lot about self-care, mental health, taking breaks when your mind and body needs it, on the blog before. But in this blog post, I want to focus on 5-minutes of daily self-care when you’re having a crazy, busy day.
We all have those days…
It could be that your kids are driving you crazy and you need a moment to yourself. Or something at work isn’t going well and you’re stressed. It could just be your uncertainty in these times. There is SO MUCH uncertainty in the world right now, and little things to get stressed about – Covid, climate change, California on fire, Black Lives Matter movement. I can seriously go on for a while.
Stress is all around, coming at us from every angle. We need to get a hold of it, and make sure that we’re taking care of our mental health as much as possible.
+ Read my post on Handling Stress, here.
Self-care isn’t just for you either. It can benefit the people around you, your kids, your relationships, etc. If you’re not taking care of yourself, how are you able to take care of those around you?
Making time for yourself should be a priority in your life. Somedays you care self-care for an hour, and somedays just 5-minutes. And that’s OKAY! Every day is different, and even if you get 5-minutes to yourself, make that count.
So, let’s jump into some 5-minute daily self-care practices, shall we?
5-MINUTE DAILY SELF-CARE:
If you get 5-minutes to yourself, stretch! Stretching has become such a major part of my day. I was experiencing so much back pain from working from home (working from my bed). Stretching every night before bed helped me in more ways that one.
I felt I was sleeping deeper, my body was less in pain, and I just felt so much better in my neck, back, & hips. Thing were tight, you know? But after stretching, I was able to move. Like really MOVE. lol.
Anyway, I do a 15-minute stretch before bed, but I have linked some 5-minute ones if you only have that much time.
Start with 5 minutes, and on days where you have a bit more time, do a 15-minute stretch. This is a daily self-care practice you will be addicted to once you start!
You know I’m all about a good skincare routine. And as much as you think skincare takes way too much time, it doesn’t! I mean, it can. I can do a facial mask for 30 minutes. But you don’t have to. Pampering your skin for 5 minutes will make you feel 10X’s better! Just trust me on this one.
Cleanse, face mask (for 5 minutes), oils, and moisturize. DONE.
Whenever I’m stressed and need a moment, I always turn to skincare. Mainly because if you stress too much, zits will pop up like tiny little mutherfuckers. And we OBVIOUSLY don’t want that.
My favourite is slapping on a Victoria Radford sheet mask while I sip on my cinnamon-y coffee. That’s SELF-CARE right there guys! Coffee and a facial mask?! Hellll yess.
Shop my skincare:
3. BREATHING EXERCISES:
Okay, I’m no expert on breathing exercises or meditation for that matter, however, I have heard AMAZING things about breath-work and the benefits of practicing that. I will work on doing this a lot more often, and of course I will report back.
One of my best friends, Ravelle, is a meditation expert. She’s been on the blog before, so make sure you read this post – Simple Meditation For Beginners. There’s also a guided meditation by her in the post.
I’m linking a few breathing exercises that are only 5 minutes long.
This is an amazing daily self-care practice and I’m 100% sure it will make you feel better. Here are some benefits of meditation:
- Reduce stress
- Manage anxiety and depression
- Boost creativity
- Improve focus and concentration
- Increase feelings of empathy, compassion, and kindness
- Improve self-awareness
- Develop wisdom
- Feel peaceful and happy
There is something so liberating about putting pen to paper and jotting down your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, goals, future plans, or whatever.
Journaling doesn’t always have to be about goals or achievements either. It can honestly be a notebook to jot down whatever the heck you want. Even if it doesn’t make much sense. In fact, I encourage that. Jot down, draw, doodle whatever’s going on in your mind. That might be the best way to self-care.
A brain-dumb is something we all need every once in a while. It can actually help out things into perspective for you and you may even figure out what’s bothering you.
Don’t make journaling a chore. Make it something so mindless that it helps with self-care.
5. MORNING SPA WATER:
So, remember how I did a full blog post on spa water? Yes, I was obsessed. (Still am). A glass of chilled water, with lemon and cucumber is arguably the best tasting water ever. Oh, and add some mint for even more freshness.
Just trust me on this one. And as for daily self-care, take your glass of chilled water and sip it in peace and quiet somewhere. Even if it’s for a quick 5 minutes.
Lemon water alone is amazing for so many things. Here are some benefits of lemon water:
- Balances the pH levels in your body
- Great source of Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium
- Great for digestion
- Increases your metabolism
- Boosts your immune system
I like to fill up my Hydro Flask with spa water and drink it all day. Hydro Flasks keep your water ice cold for 24 hours!
6. SOCIAL MEDIA BLACKOUT:
Ugh, this is MAJOR. We are constantly surrounded by screens – our phones, iPads, TV, laptops – they’re everywhere!
We have to make a conscious effort to look away from screens, especially social media. I can run my whole business from my phone. It’s so hard to look away, because I’m ALWAYS doing something blog related on my phone. It’s hard to stay away from social media. I will admit that.
But, for my own mental health, and as a daily self-care practice, I need to put my phone away. I need to block out screens. I have to make an EFFORT to do this.
Even if it’s putting your phone in another bedroom for an hour, do it.
Read my post on The Benefits of Taking a Break from Social Media, here.
Andrew and I take walks every evening for about an hour, and I make sure to leave my phone at home. It’s my time to enjoy nature. Before, I used to take my phone on these walks and take photos of the sunset, the water, the trees. Like WHY?! I was actually missing out on nature by doing this.
Leaving my phone at home has made such a difference. Daily self-care right there!
When you find yourself scrolling, and scrolling….and scrolling on Instagram, shut it down. Pick up a book, and give your eyes (and mind) a break.
Okay, those are 6 really good ways to practice daily self-care in under 5-mintues. What self-care practices are you doing for your mental health?
Share some in the comments so that we can all benefit from them.