Look at all the events that make up your day from the moment you get up until the time your head hits the pillow. I imagine for most of you, the day is filled with getting everyone in the household up, dressed, fed, and off on their way. Next is work, picking up dry cleaning, going to the grocery store, and stopping by the post office. Then, there are deadlines, meetings, chauffeuring kids, planning dinner, setting appointments, and then…crashing.
It is so common for us to make time for our families, work, errands, and friends, but little time for ourselves. We end up feeling like wilted flowers, in need of some serious self care. The biggest problem is we often look at self care as something we'll get around to when we have time. However, just like that wilted flower, self care is a need we can't live without for long.
Many of us don't have time to go get a massage or take long walks on the beach because time is still a factor. So, how about 10 minutes? See if you can find 10 minutes once or twice a day to rejuvenate. It just takes a little water to make that flower bounce back and the same can happen for you by using some small strategies. Here are some ideas:
• Take a 10 minute nap. Researchers from Flinders University found that a 10 minute rest produced significant improvement in helping people to feel better; people who napped only 10 minutes also demonstrated improved performance on certain tasks. Researchers actually found that 10 minutes was the perfect time, as people who napped for 30 minutes ended up feeling groggy.
• Stretch. Sometimes just getting up and stretching for 5 minutes to give your brain and body a break can go along way of helping you to feel better. If you enjoy yoga you can also do some sun salutations to help you bounce back.
• Drink a cup of black tea. Not only is a hot drink very soothing, but researchers have also found that people who drink black tea recover more quickly from stress. This is a great tip to use during a stressful day at the office.
• Change your surroundings. Sometimes getting away for a bit helps us to feel invigorated again. This could be going out for lunch during the work day, or perhaps taking a quick 10 minute walk, or just sitting outside.
• Have some water. Just like that flower, we often get depleted and mild dehydration can make us feel tired and grumpy. Drink some water for a quick way to bring the spring back in your step.
Quick Rejuvenators to Have on Hand:
• Favorite black tea bags