10 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself In 10 Minutes

10 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself In 10 Minutes

You're worth it.
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It can be incredibly hard for some people to actively do the things they need to to take care of themselves. Whether it the ‘fun’ self-care you see on the internet, from bubble baths to face-masks, or the less fun self-care like dentist visits and flu shots.

Here are ten ways to take care of yourself in 10 minutes:

1. Find the quiet

It’s no secret, life can be loud. Finding just ten minutes to remove yourself from the noise, can allow your brain to ‘reset’.

2. Meditate

Okay, I can imagine the eye rolls here, but just try it. Giving yourself ten minutes (or even just five) to try meditation and see if it is worth it for you. It may not be.

3. Power nap

Okay, ten minutes may feel like no time at all, but when you’re strapped for sleep, ten minutes is still worth it. Even just a ten-minute nap can improve cognitive performance. So even if it feels counterintuitive to productivity to take ten minutes to nap, go ahead and try it.

4. Clean up

It may not be the super enticing and relaxing suggestion, but taking ten minutes to clean up your workspace or clean the kitchen is important. The cliche of ‘messy workspace, messy mind’ may not be a complete truth, but if the desk in front of you is chaotic there’s a good chance it could be affecting you.

5. Get up and move

If you have a desk job or spend the majority of your days sitting, getting up and moving can energize you and gets your blood flowing. Whether it’s a quick ten-minute walk outside, ten minutes of sprints, or ten minutes of stretching, moving can give you a second wind.

6. Call to make that appointment.

A lot of us avoid that yearly physical, avoid going to the dentist, going to the doctor, getting that flu shot. Take ten minutes to just sit down, take a look at the openings on your calendar, and call to make the appointment you're putting off. It’s not fun, but it’s important.

7. Change your bedsheets

Okay, this one may seem silly to you, but change your sheets. Do you remember the last time you switched out your sheets and pillowcases? Think of how nice it feels to get into freshly washed, good smelling sheets at night.

8. Do the dishes

Another ‘boring’ piece of self-care, but one that is so rewarding once it’s done. I find that having stacks of dirty dishes and pots and pans that need to be washed is anxiety provoking. Every time I walk by to see the dishes that just sit there waiting for, I get anxious. And, if you don’t just bite the bullet and do it, the stack grows. Wash them now before the pile gets larger.

9. Grab a snack

It’s really easy to be rushing about your day, trying to get everything done and forget to listen and pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues. Go grab a snack, whatever it is that you’re craving, and sit and enjoy it. Really immerse yourself in the moment, pay attention to the experience with all your senses. What does it feel like? Smell like? Look like? Taste like?

10. Face mask time

Sometimes, you need ten minutes to relax. Popping on a face mask has so many benefits, from the skin to the brain. Take ten minutes to put on a face mask, put down your phone, and just relax. Life this day and age is all about go-go-go and productivity, so allow yourself ten minutes of slowness.

Do you actively practice self-care? How? If not, try anything on this list (or anything you feel inspired to do). Have a great self-care tip, not on the list? Comment it below to share the love.

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Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams

Confidence is contagious. Catch it. Spread it.
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Being confident is the best thing you can be. Having confidence in yourself brings you so much happiness and takes you closer to accomplishing your dreams because believing "you can" is half of the battle.

"How I feel about myself is more important than how I look. Feeling confident, being comfortable in your skin, that's what really makes you beautiful." - Bobbi Brown

Remember that life is too short to do anything other than what you love. Don't waste your time comparing yourself to others, or even worse, tearing them down. Love and appreciate yourself as the gift that you are, because nothing would be the same if you didn't exist. Reflect on all of the people that love you and take the time to show them some love in return. Count your blessings and say thank you. Stop stressing the little things and relax.

So, what is confidence?

Confidence is...

believing in yourself and your abilities.

saying I can and I will.

self-love and self-respect.

speaking up when you have something to say.

feeling beautiful without needing someone to tell you.

standing up for what you believe in.

being a friend.

forgiveness.

putting yourself out there.

helping others see their own worth.

knowing you deserve the success you achieve.

spreading positivity.

never giving up.

inspiring others.

being proud of yourself and where you came from.

being a leader.

smiling.

having fears and facing them anyway.

Confidence is something worth spreading.

Be so confident that when others look at you they become confident too. You have the power to change your life at any time, be that person you've always wanted to be.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

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The Scars That Are Left Behind: Part 2

Words hurt more than you could ever imagine.
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It blows my mind that people think two words can make everything okay. They think that just because they apologize, everything will be magically changed. Well, NEWS FLASH, "I'm sorry," doesn't change what you did. It never has and it never will.

See also: The Scars That Are Left Behind

I have sat on this for weeks. Thinking that maybe I would be okay with it. That maybe I was over reacting. That maybe what he said wasn't too bad. Well, it was bad, it was beyond hurtful, and I am not over it.

It was on Instagram, the social media of the angels and demons. A picture that was posted MONTHS before he even saw it. He also never followed me. He sought me out to post something so hurtful that nobody could ever say to another person's face, unless they are the most disgusting person alive.

Let's set the mood of the picture first. It was the last day of my summer beach trip with one of my best friends. We were having a great time, had a few drinks, and wanted to make sure that we documented how much fun we had that week. Honestly, we spent a good 20 minutes trying to get the perfect picture that we both loved. It was finally approved by both of us and it was good to go (cover photo is said picture).

Now fast forward roughly six months and somebody posted this comment: "amazing how you stomach fits in that even though it stretching it out." Thirteen words that changed me. I have spent a good portion of my life hating the way I looked until a couple of years ago. I finally accepted who I was and learned to be okay with it. Those words he typed from behind his phone screen absolutely ruined me. I look in the mirror and hate who I see, what I see. I don't see somebody who is confident in her looks, I don't see a 22 year-old woman who has gone through so much to get to where she is today, all I see is some disgusting human being. For days after his comment, I didn't eat, and if I did, I would excuse myself to expel every last bit of it from my body. I spent my nights crying myself to sleep. I made myself believe I didn't have a boyfriend and guys don't show interest in me because of the way that I look. I convinced myself that because he said it, it was true and everybody believed it. I still think people believe it and in all honesty, I still believe it.

Body image is a huge thing. It takes one person to ruin everything that somebody works for. The moment I read that comment, I was ruined. Sure I joked about it with my friends so they wouldn't see how bad it hurt me, but it did, it does, and I think it always will.

The next day, I mustered up enough courage to send him a message and this was our conversation:

Me: The fact that you think what you said was any kind of okay is a testament to who you are and how you were raised.You think that what you say will never matter and never hurt anybody, but your words have power. A young woman these days could spend days telling herself she is beautiful and it takes one person to ruin everything she has worked for. I don't know who you are, your gender, or anything at all except for the fact that you have ZERO regard for others.
Orlandofanpage44: sorry God bless you <3
Me: I sincerely hope you learn from this and NEVER think it is okay to treat a woman the way you treated me. Next time think how you would feel if somebody said those things about you, or better yet, your children. It may not make a difference if they were said to you, but imagine how your child would feel is somebody said those exact words about them. Think before you act. Watch what you say.

Since this conversation the person has since changed their username or just blocked me completely, but this isn't for them. It's for me to finally be free. Hoping and praying that maybe letting all of this out, will somehow free me of all doubt and hatred towards myself.

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