This is part two in my series about ways to take care of yourself in just 5 minutes. You can find my last post here, which shows you how to use a portable art kit, and simple doodling methods to relax and re-energize. This week I want to talk about your self-care attitude, and a two more methods for quickly and happily lowering stress and anxiety.
Visualization for Stress Relief:
This is a five minute guided visualization. Sometimes getting your own thoughts to quiet down can be a challenge, so having a guide may help you more easily reach a relaxed state.
Grab a rock, leaf, stick, or other natural object, and gaze at it for 5 minutes. Take it in with all your senses. How does it feel? Is it bumpy, smooth, flat, hard, or soft? Does it have a scent? See how much you can notice in the details – what are the color variations, patterns, and irregularities?
Self-Care Is an Attitude
You are really busy, right? I get it. Your job is demanding. You have a partner, husband, kids, pets, and meetings to attend. I have to break it to you though, good self-care is not about your life finally slowing down all by itself. It’s not going to happen.
Self-Care is an attitude.
Yes, I am giving you permission to have an attitude. Despite what you may have been told, taking care of yourself is not selfish, or self-centered, it’s wise! There’s a difference between making sure your needs are met and fulfilling your every whim and desire at the expense of others.
When you prioritize yourself, suddenly little things shift, no matter how much responsibility is on your shoulders. You make self-care happen, because it’s non-negotiable. It means that you know if you don’t take care of your physical, spiritual, and mental needs, sooner or later you will pay the price. You may not be able to see it now, but the people you take care of will feel the difference when you have taken care of yourself first.
A retreat, regular ladies night out, or massage may or may not be realistic given your time or financial situation, but you can make 5 minutes for self-care everyday. What’s one small, relaxing thing that you could do to let go, or recharge your batteries? Here’s two methods I like for releasing stress and anxiety:
What are your go-to ways to de-stress or relax when you are on the go? What are your challenges with reducing anxiety and stress? What was your experience with the guided visualization or the gazing meditation? Make 5 minutes for you to relax today, and tell me how it goes in the comments section.
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