This is one of those posts that gives you AWESOME advice.
I know because I have taken this advice and put it into action most days (not too hard to do so I can’t complain). However, the advice and ideas shared are really geared towards the mothers, the career women, and the women who wear many (many) hats. If you’re a busy woman, Take 5, and keep reading…
Taking 5 or more minutes a day to be with yourself is an essential tool to maintaining a healthy state of mind. Not just when you are stressed, annoyed with the family, or busy at work. It is important to Take 5 when the day runs smoothly, when you’re busy but handling things okay, and when you DO have some down time. Sometimes when we have a moment to spare we fill it up with something else to do. Which is fine sometimes, but other times…you need to Take that 5.
To dig a bit deeper-sometimes it’s good to put down the phone and take a break doing something else. Whaaaa?? I know-it’s hard because we play candy crush for 10 minutes or check Instagram as a way to check out. Again, not too shabby of a break, but expanding our ideas beyond the normal things we grab to zone out is healthy for us. So below are a few ideas from yours truly; followed by responses from a few more women walking in your shoes.
~Look up an article on something you are interested in or about something you have wanted to try i.e. a new yoga class.
~Stretch. Sit down and set the timer for 5 minutes of stretching. Guess what? If you do this often you’ll become more flexible AND learn how to be more present!
~Make a healthy snack plate. Often we just mindlessly grab from the pantry or fridge without taking a minute to put something together that would be truly satiating. I enjoy a good snack plate with crackers, cheese, and fruit.
From women via Facebook and Twitter
“I use essential oils! There are quite a few proven to help mood, so sometimes if I find myself getting overly frustrated or depressed or anxious, I march into my bathroom and get a drop of one of the oils…It takes less than a minute but helps immensely!” ~Cassandra
“Watch a YouTube video of one of my fav songs.” ~Chari
“Eat something I don’t treat myself too much. I just sit and savor the sweet!” ~Mal
“I do a Zumba dance from youtube.com.” ~Marissa
“I check Facebook. Mindlessly look at other people’s lives then face my own again.” ~Krista
“Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself.”~Audrey Giorgi