Living the life you want means making time for yourself. Think you’re too busy? Try these self-care activities in 30 minutes or less. Plus, I’ve made a printable version of my journal page to keep you going strong.
Self-Care Activities You Actually Have Time For|
If you’re anything like me, you don’t make enough time for yourself.
You know the routine. You overcommit, fill your schedule to bursting, plan everything, and don’t ask anyone for help. You don’t want work or family to suffer. So you suffer, instead. You give up sleep, skip meals, neglect your workouts, and forgo leisure time. Before you know it, you’re exhausted, cranky, and you’ve lost sight of why you’re doing it all.
Sound familiar? It happens to all of us at some point. Moms are especially guilty of putting themselves last, and our excuse is almost always the same: “I don’t have time for myself.” Of course, moms aren’t the only ones. Young professionals, dads, college students, even grandparents fall into the trap of putting everyone else’s needs before their own.
Oh, my friends, I’ve been there! I was there last week, in fact…Working from home during Spring break with flu-ridden kids, and a husband away on business. In 5 days, I probably got a collective 18 hours of sleep. It was rough. I got everything done (largely because of my task-batching plan), but it wasn’t pretty for me.
I do feel bad for the pizza guy who mistook me for a gremlin. If you’re reading this, Pizza Dude, you can come out of hiding. I’ve discovered self-care.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is any activity that helps promote your physical or mental well-being. This can be anything from taking your vitamins to taking a bath. The trick is to train your mind to view these activities as essential, rather than self-indulgent. Remember, taking these few minutes to yourself will help you meet the other needs in your life.
I’ve been meaning to incorporate self-care into my journaling routine for a while now. After last week, I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer. I finally sat down and made a quick list.
30 Minute Self-Care Activities
You don’t need full days or even hours to get started in self-care. Taking a few minutes for yourself can help you reenergize and restore balance. I put this list in my Bullet Journal to guide me, but do whatever works for you. There’s also a printable version of my journal spread at the end of this post.
Rest & Relax
- Listen to music (Not while doing another task. Just listen.)
- Take a timeout (If you have kids, explain to them that you need to close the door and have a grown-up timeout)
- Take a bath or shower
- Take a nap
- Watch your favorite movie
- Read a book or magazine
- I just happen to have a list of 10+ Inspiring Books to Improve Every Aspect of Your Life
Make Time for Creative Expression
- Free-write in your journal
- If you need help getting started, check out my 52 Weeks of Self-Discovery Prompts
- Draw or paint
- Do some gardening
- Sing and/or dance
- Spend time on other hobbies
Connect With Others
- Call a friend (texting doesn’t count)
- Write a letter to a loved one
- Meet up for a quick coffee
Nurture Your Physical & Spiritual Health
- Make yourself a healthy snack
- Practice yoga
- Go for a walk/run
- Meditate or pray
- Write or recite affirmations
Give Yourself Permission
The most important thing to remember with self-care is that you should feel ENTITLED to it. I know the “e-word” gets thrown around at lot these days with negative connotations. But in this case, we’re not talking about taking something. We’re talking about giving.
Give yourself time. Give yourself respect. Give yourself the tools you need to achieve your own goals while caring for your loved ones. Give yourself permission to be more than you are today.
Over to you! How to do practice self-care in your busy life? Comment below to share you favorite tips.
Printable Bullet Journal Self-Care Page
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