“How are you” “
Oh, I’ve been really busy, you know…”
Sounds familiar? Being constantly busy can feel like a badge of honour, indicating that your life is full, you have people to see, places to be, side hustles to run. Self-care can fall behind if you are always running around full speed. You don’t have time to sit still and meditate, let alone run a bath…
The truth is, you don’t need to go through an extensive list of self-care rituals to reap the benefits. It only takes a few minutes to go back to yourself. We’ve put a list of things you can do in 5 minutes or less. Try it after a busy day at work, just after you’ve washed your hands and jumped into your comfy clothes and before you crash on the couch to binge your favourite TV show. We promise you’ll instantly feel more nourished and recharged.
- Just breathe.
Try this calming breathing technique: breath in for four counts, hold your breath for four counts, then breathe out for four. Do this a few times then increase the exhalation to six. After a few breaths, inhale for four counts and exhale for eight.
- Sit still and observe
For five minutes just relax into a chair so your body is fully resting and close your eyes. Really notice the points where your skin touches the floor, where your back is against your chair, feel the clothes on your body. Observe your body, scan it from head to toe and pay attention to the parts that are tense. Breathe into them and relax them.
- Put on your headphones and play your favourite song really loud
According to many studies, music has the power to heal. It can uplift your mood, increase your creativity, or relax you. Close your eyes, play your favourite song and really dive into it. Dance to it, breathe to it or just lie down and savour it.
- Read a few pages of an inspirational book
Keep a pile of good books nearby so you can pick one up when you lack inspiration and just read a few paragraphs or pages.
- Get in nature
Being in nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing. Researches show that it can improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes. It can also have a profound impact on our brains and our behaviour, helping us to reduce anxiety. Even if it is just going to a green patch between buildings, just go there, look up at the sky and breathe.
- Do a simple five-minute meditation
We know we just said you feel like you don’t have time to sit still and meditate, but really - try it for 5 minutes. There is a great quote by Mahatma Gandhi - “I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” But let’s start somewhere…
Just sit quietly and pay attention to your breath. Notice where you feel it, does your belly rise, does your chest rise? Can you feel the air getting in and out of your nostrils? Notice when your mind wanders and don’t beat yourself for it, just return back to the breath.
- Take a fast shower
Sprinkle a few drops of your favourite essential oil onto the floor of the shower, so as the warm water hits it, the scent surrounds you.
- Do your skincare routine
Instead of waiting to do this before bed, when you’re super tired, do your skincare routine right after you get home. Don’t forget your body! Massage a few drops of our Fresh Blend on damp skin, indulge in the beautiful aroma and go lounge in your bathrobe for a few minutes for a luxurious spa-like experience.
- Drink a big glass of water
Or better make it a jar. Drop in some lemon or cucumber if you want to feel extra fancy and drink the whole thing. Dehydration is one of the major reasons for fatigue.