15 Simple Ways to Care For Yourself When You're Too Busy To
There are a few things I miss since having Violet. One would be sleeping through the night all in one stretch. Another would be eating my dinner without interruption. I also really miss my Friday night self care ritual of a face mask and a glass of wine. I have yet to attempt a face mask because I’m afraid I’ll forget about it, leave it on too long, and then peel off the top layer of my skin. Though if it takes away these dark circles…
My daily schedule is just so different right now. Different in that there is no predictable schedule. Violet is just starting to get into some sort of rhythm but it’s still unpredictable. I’m also really focused on getting lots of things done on a limited amount of time. My usual self care practices like face masks, long showers, and a glass of wine in the peace and quiet have all been put off for right now.
I want to say that putting less focus on taking care of myself is a symptom of having a newborn but there are plenty of other times when self care was on hold. Generally that comes at times when my schedule gets more crowded and hectic or there’s a change from my normal routine like a big project at work.
Honestly, I think we can all relate. Taking care of yourself is last on the list when life gets overwhelming. That’s why I came up with a list of things you can do to take care of yourself when you’re too busy to. Because, while face masks and bubble baths are wonderful, you don’t always have time for that. Whether you’re taking care of someone else, work life is overwhelming, or your to-do list is never-ending, there are simple ways to care for yourself no matter what.
Read an interesting article - taking a short five or ten minutes to read an interesting article gives you a break from daily life and a chance to stimulate your brain in a different way. Not sure where to find good articles to read? Join some e-mail newsletters for informed ladies like Girls’ Night In (fully obsessed with their Friday e-mail) or Hitha Palepu’s weekly 5 Smart Reads.
Go for a walk
Get out crayons/markers/pencils and doodle something (even if you’re no good at it)
Listen and/or dance to your favorite song - get pumped up! And the best part is that most songs only last five minutes and you’ll be back on track in no time. Unless you choose Don McLean’s American Pie. Still a solid choice though.
Moisturize - arguably the simplest part of any beauty routine that makes the most difference. Take a few minutes to slather on your favorite moisturizer and feel refreshed and beautiful. My self care level up: use a wet skin moisturizer in the shower if you love hydrated skin but feel really busyl. I really want to try Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer to get my skin hydrated and glowy for summer.
Make yourself a bougie snack like gourmet cheese and crackers - or just sliced cheddar will do, as long as you take a minute to sit and enjoy what you’re eating.
Schedule that appointment you’ve been putting off - self care is health care.
Watch ONE episode of your favorite show
Do one household chore
Give yourself a facial massage - rollers, whether jade or quartz or ice, are all the rage. Take a moment to massage your face to get blood flowing and bad things draining away. Thanks to Grace of The Stripe (one of my all-time favorite bloggers) I’ve got my eye on this affordable ice roller from Amazon.
Cancel plans if you need to (but please, please be honest and upfront with the host and make a real effort not to hurt his or her feelings)
Do online “window shopping” - look, add to cart, and close tab.
Listen to a short, informative podcast - my favorites are The Daily, Skimm This, and Up First
Organize something (but keep it small) - organizing something small, like a sock drawer or one book shelf, can be calming, centering, and give you a sense of achievement. However, don’t get caught up in the organizing and do all the things, totally derailing your day. Now I’m not speaking from personal experience…
Sit and do nothing - yes, you are allowed to.
What are your favorite ways to care for yourself when you’re busy?
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