Now more than ever, our lives run at full tilt. We’re so consumed with our jobs, families, and activities that our ‘always-on’ digital culture just seems to swallow all the time it promised to help us save. We all lead full lives looking after the wellbeing of others, so it’s little surprise that our own happiness and health can end up somewhere near the bottom of an ever-growing to-do list.
It’s easy to read lists of self care tips and imagine that you’ll never have time for the leisurely aromatherapy baths and walks in the park they describe. But taking care of yourself can be simple. In fact, if you have just 10 minutes to spare a day, you can fit in some small changes that can have a big impact on your well being.
Where to find 10 minutes? Try cutting that time out of the mindless scrolling through social feeds that we’re all guilty of – time saved! And with that small chunk of time you’ve just gained back? You can try out one of the following quick win ideas to reset your busy brain and prioritize your health:
Do a Brain Dump
All the excess baggage we carry around with us on a daily basis is a major source of energy drain. So give yourself permission to release by actively processing the information in some way. The simple act of listing out all those to-do’s, concerns and random thoughts and then sorting them into some plan of action can be tremendously healing. It helps to silence the constant loop of inner dialogue that can prevent a restful night’s sleep and means that we are always more distracted than we’d like to be. Grab a notebook and start writing, or use a digital solution like OneNote if it makes life easier. Then give yourself permission to mentally tick off those nagging ‘I must remember…’ items.
Book That Appointment
Most of us have a health niggle we’ve shoved to one side because it’s never convenient to deal with. From that old sports injury that plays up in bad weather to the issue with our backs we’ve never addressed and even the low libido we dismiss as a fact of life – there’s a whole heap of stuff we choose to ignore. You may not be able to get the problem fixed in just ten minutes, but you can take a positive step towards finally sorting it out. So call up and book that slot with the chiropractor, order that Tribulus Terrestris supplement, or find that local acupuncture clinic. It could save your health and sanity.
Have a Private Dance Party
Music has an incredibly motivating influence on most of us, so leverage the power of a good beat to re-energize yourself on days when you feel demotivated or overwhelmed. Use your 10 minutes to set up a playlist of around the same length that contains those hero tracks that you can’t resist moving to, then when you get your spare time stick it on and bust some moves. Yes, it will look silly – but dancing gets energy flowing, blood circulating, and will rev you up to tackle whatever it is you’ve been putting off – plus lift your mood!
Throw One Thing Out
We all have too much clutter- fact. And the power of letting go of objects can be quite transformative. If you have just ten minutes spare, you may not be able to tackle a complete wardrobe clearout, but you can very quickly find something that is no longer serving you. You know the one. The object you’ve been keeping ‘just because.’ Marie Kondo that item and flush it out of your life. Before long, those individual items will add up to one big change.