Since my daughter was born last year, my amount of time for anything is approximately 1/100000th of what it was before. I’d heard people say “I don’t know what I used to do with all my time before I had kids,” and used to think “Really? I have plenty to do…”
Now? I have no idea what I used to do with my time before I had a kid.
I love my daughter, I love spending time with her, and I’m grateful and happy to be able to spend the majority of each day with her. She’s awesome! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And… I also like writing, I like working on Becoming Who You Are, I like exercising, and I like self-care (showering is in there somewhere too). And I don’t just like these things, they are expressions of core needs for me: creativity, movement and self-connection (and cleanliness). As I’ve said plenty of times before, self-care is healthcare. It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity—especially when we are taking care of tiny humans or have other big responsibilities.
If you’re in a similar position to me, whether that’s because you have one or more kids, a demanding job, other commitments, or are just really darn busy, I want to share five quick self-care suggestions that you can do almost anywhere, any time, no matter what else is happening in life.
These suggestions are excerpts from the audiobook of From Coping to Thriving: How to Turn Self-Care Into a Way of Life, narrated by Stephanie Murphy (who you might recognise from the opening of the Becoming Who You Are podcast). If you enjoy them, I invite you to check out the rest of the book (get the audiobook for free here with a 30-day Audible trial).
Here are five 5-minute self-care practices you can use anytime, anywhere:
#2: Create a Mini-Retreat
#3: Create a Self-Care Kit
#4: Write a Letter to Your Future Self
If you’d like to learn more about turning self-care into a way of life, there are three ways to get your copy of From Coping to Thriving:
- Get the Kindle version and paperback through Amazon
- Get the audiobook for free with a 30-day trial of Audible
- Get all three, and other rewards, when you support Becoming Who You Are on Patreon
What are your favourite quick self-care suggestions? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.