Self-care: Just a fancy term or does it go beyond charging yourself?

What really makes me happy? This is not an easy, but it is a very essential question:

Nowadays self-care is a buzzword, although it could just as well have been burn out. Because it seems that the more, we can do and achieve, the greater we feel the pressure we put on ourselves. It appears a collective consciousness has arisen about stress and its consequences and how things can be done differently. The demand placed on us nowadays is huge, and even more so when you are consumed by love and adoration of kids. It is easy to forget that we are humans and we need time to unwind. We can’t be ‘on’ 24/7.

Self-care is much more than taking time for yourself to put on a face mask, do your nails or have a bubble bath. It is a form of preventative care. Learning how to eat well, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can keep you healthy, fit and resilient.  Self-care is also asking for help if you are not that comfortable with yourself, or when you are overloaded. So, before you will burn out, recognise the dangers and seek the advice from a coach with whom you are able to talk and who can confront you with a mirror. These are ways of working on your self-care.

Taking care of yourself physically can also lead to a more sanitary mental being, which in turn can aid other aspects in your life. When you take care of your physical well-being and appearance the chances are greater that you will take better care of your mind.

It’s easy to feel that taking valuable time for yourself could lead to your partner or children suffering due to the time without you, but in most cases taking a small break can be hugely beneficial. As parents we know that our kids are the most important individuals in our world. From the day they are born, children observe and imitate people around them. They are easily influenced in terms of how they should behave within the world they life. Because of this, parents should set a daily example for their children to display some self-care too.

Making yourself a priority must not become a stress point as well, but it sounds a lot more complicated than it is. Self- care can be one day a yoga lesson and a face mask and the other day it can be just saying no to things that you just do not want to do. It is essential to listen to your own needs and be loving to yourself. The combination of caring for your body and soul. Find a sweet spot by being disciplined and caring for yourself. By using this technique you can re-charge your batteries, you can give-back.

Here are some easy to implement 15 minute self-care tips to do on a daily basis, pick one or more daily:

  1. Stop the use of technology

Not to ban all technology but try not to use technology every day for at least 15 minutes this week. We often intend to go offline more often and spend time on drawing or reading. Apple send a handy weekly report which reflects the time you spend on your device. Try to bring those percentages down this week.

  1. Do a mini workout

You really don’t have to be in the gym for an hour if that’s not your thing. Instead, opt for 15-minute mini workout in which you are going to run, walk, rope skip or do a Pilates session on YouTube. Let the endorphins do their job!

  1. Be grateful

Research shows that dwelling on the things that go well in life has endless benefits. Gratitude increases your self-confidence, helps relieve depression, helps you sleep and improves your diet. Give yourself 15 minutes each morning or evening to write down what you are grateful for that day.

  1. Clean up

A super simple tip to instantly improve your mood: just tidy something up, you cannot completely unwind in a messy house. Instead of having to take care of your house every once in a while, it will take much less effort to take 15 minutes to clean up every day.

  1. Make a vision board

A vision board helps you determine what really makes you happy and what your goals can be to make those dreams come true. Maybe you already knew this somewhere in the back of your mind, but with a vision board your vision becomes much more concrete. Take those old magazines out of the closet and paste! If you prefer to do it online, you can create a vision board on Pinterest.

  1. Learn a new skill

You only need 15 minutes a day to learn a new skill. Now is the time to pick up what you always wanted to learn. The Spanish language, for example, or working with an Adobe program such as Illustrator. There are paid services for this (such as LinkedIn Learning), but you can also find countless videos on YouTube that will help you on your way. Duolingo is free and an addictive way to learn a new language in only 15 min a day.

  1. Join networks

Expand your network, take 15 minutes this week to follow new people on Instagram, send old friends a message on LinkedIn and ask the person you’re looking at for a cup of coffee.

  1. Make a week planner

The primary success factor for managing the practical aspects of your life is a consistent revisiting of your actions, projects and checklists that represent anything you are responsible for or interested in. If you actually DO everything on this review just once, it will amaze you. By doing it every week for a month, you will transcend to a new level of productivity. Make this your habit.

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