Self-care is important for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. However, in the midst of our busy work schedules and hectic lives, it can be challenging to find real quality time for ourselves. We've compiled 10 creative ways to practice self-care during the work week. No overwhelming routines or expensive memberships required.
Schedule "Me Time" in Your Calendar
Carve out dedicated time for yourself in your calendar. It could be anything from a 30-minute yoga session in your front room to reading a book, taking a relaxing bath or simply sitting outside in nature. By scheduling time for yourself, you prioritize self-care and avoid getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Start Your Morning with Yoga or Meditation
Yoga and meditation are powerful tools for starting the day on a positive note. Even if you only have 10-15 minutes in the morning, take that time to stretch and clear your mind before jumping into your workday. Fable Yoga's eco-friendly mats and props are perfect for your at-home practice and provide studio-level support so you can stay rooted in your practice. Try one of our free 30 minute yoga classes on Youtube, and if you have even less time to spare, one of our free micro meditations on Instagram.
Have a Mid-Day Dance Party
If you're feeling drained during the day, try turning up the music and dance or shake it out. It's a great way to boost your mood, release stress and get your body moving. And moving your body is one of the best (and natural) ways to boost your energy and mood.
Take a Mindful Lunch Break
Instead of quickly eating your lunch at your desk between emails, take a mindful break. Go for a walk outside, sit in a quiet park, or even practice a short meditation or breathing exercise. It will help you to reset and refocus for the rest of your workday.
Taking a few moments each day to reflect on what you are grateful for can have a powerful impact on your mood and overall well-being. Try keeping a gratitude journal or simply list out 5 things you are grateful for each day either before bed or before starting your day.
Engaging in creative activities such as drawing, painting or free-writing can be a great way to unwind and de-stress. Try setting aside some time each week to tap into your creative side and enjoy the process without judgment.
Disconnect from Technology
It's important to disconnect from technology for a little while each day to give your mind a break. Try setting boundaries on social media, emails and phone use during designated times in the day to create some space for yourself. Or try a screen-free Sunday where your disconnect for the day ahead of the working week.
Connect with Nature
Being in nature has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. Try incorporating nature into your self-care routine by taking a walk outside, having a picnic in the park, or simply sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air.
Create a Self-Care Kit
Put together a self-care kit that includes things that make you feel good such as essential oils, candles, herbal teas or incense. Keep it on hand and reach for it whenever you need a little pick-me-up during the day.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for our overall well-being. Try to establish a regular sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to help you wind down and prepare for a restful night's sleep.
Practicing mini moments of self-care during the work week is essential for our well-being, but it doesn't have to be time-consuming or complicated. By incorporating these simple and creative ideas into your daily routine, you can prioritise self-care and enhance your wellbeing.