Revive your spirit and increase energy with self-care

How to recharge in 15 minutes, an hour, or a weekend

When you are balancing family, work, virtual school, and home responsibilities, you may think there isn’t time for self-care or that taking time for yourself is an indulgence. The truth is there is never a more important time to prioritize time for yourself.

Self-care is any deliberate activity to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. And we all know if mom goes down, they all go down.

Investing in time for yourself doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. There are many ways to revive your spirit and increase energy with self-care. Even just a few moments to yourself each day can do wonders for your mental outlook. A couple of hours a week can help you keep healthy and mentally clear. A weekend away doing something you love at least once a year can revive you and sustain you for the challenges ahead.

Revive your spirit and increase energy with self-care

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A few minutes of peace and the sway of a hamm.ock, can swing your day in a new directio

If you have a few minutes:

  • Go outside and get 15 minutes of sunshine
  • Connect with animals – your own or even offer to walk a neighbor’s dog
  • Implement a breathing practice
  • Listen to or play music
  • Dance
  • Go on a walk
  • List 5 things you are grateful for
  • Practice a brief meditation
  • Enjoy a nutritious treat
  • Take a hot bath
  • Get up earlier than your family for some quiet time
  • Read scripture
  • Journal
  • Practice yoga

Here is a 15 minute mindfulness practice for a great start to the day.

You might also enjoy this calming meditation music to accompany your stretching, meditating, prayer, yoga, bath, journaling, walk or quiet time. The notes include a breathing practice to include.

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Go on a coffee date with your bestie!

If you have a couple of hours:

  • Go on a Girl’s Night Out
  • Get a mani / pedi
  • Take ahike
  • Read a book
  • Watch a feel-good movie
  • Enjoy your favorite podcast
  • Takea swim
  • Create something
  • Take a course
  • Meet a friend for socially-distanced coffee or wine
Stone Mountain Park Getaway

If you have a few days ahead

  • Go on a spiritual retreat
  • Escape to the mountains
  • Beach weekend with friends
  • Get a BRB on the lake
  • Book a local hotel for an afternoon away and a night on the town

Banish Negative Self-Talk

To make room for self-care you may have to let go of beliefs and self-talk that does not serve you.

  • You are not selfish
  • Your family will be okay
  • It will be okay if some things are left undone
  • Release guilt and feel confident that you are demonstrating positive self care to your children.
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Make room for you

Make Room For You

Take a look at your calendar and reallocate your time so you can have a daily break. Make an appointment with yourself. Get support from your family. I make sure someone else on “Joey” duty so I can take a walk.

Set aside time monthly to interact with your friends. Even if it is a zoom happy hour. Schedule it and protect it because women need each other.

It is also important to cut back on things that deplete you, stop doing things that don’t serve you and say no to additional requests for your time. Hint: You don’t have to volunteer at every school function or neighborhood committee. (Yeah, I see you!)

How do you take time for yourself to revive your spirit and increase your energy? Can you commit to 15 minutes at least one day this week? Please comment and let me know how you are doing. Enjoy your time!

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