It’s a familiar mantra in my community: I have no time for anything!

Are you one of the many people who doesn’t have a regular self-care practice because you think it’s only for the rich?  Or maybe you think self-care takes a lot of time, and you barely have time to take a shower every day.  Or maybe you think that it involves lining up too many moving pieces, and who has the energy for that?

Who wants self-care to be one more thing you’re not doing well?

No one!

Here are EIGHT NO-EXCUSES ACTS OF SELF-CARE that anyone can practice.  No budget required.  They’ll make you feel better by lowering your stress, giving you some perspective, and turning the focus on the world’s most important person: you.

  1. Read.  

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Genre is unimportant.  Finishing the book is unimportant.  But falling into the book and losing yourself and learning something about someone or something else is important.

2. Go Outside.

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Being outside allows you to notice colors, sounds, and combinations that heighten your awareness of yourself as well.

3. Move Your Body.

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Go for a walk.  Stretch.  Turn on some music and dance.  It doesn’t matter what you do; movement makes it all better.

4. Eat Something Nutrient-Packed.

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For me, there is nothing like fresh-cut fruit.  A few bites, and I’m awake, aware, and revived.

5. Phone A Friend.

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If you have ever received a voice mail from a friend that said, “I was just thinking of you.  No need to call me back.  Just have a great day.” you know that it would be even more awesome to be the person leaving the message.  Try it.  It takes 30 seconds.  And if your friend picks up, a few minutes with a friend during a busy day is a real gift.

6. Breathe Deeply.

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Spine tall.  Eyes closed.  Chest full…and empty…and full…and empty.

7. Keep a Gratitude Journal.

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Keeping a gratitude journal has been recommended to me by years, yet I’ve always dismissed it as a bit too Oprah.  This year, though, upon receiving my Leonie Dawson daily planner, I decided I’d use it to note at least five things per day I’m grateful for.  Trust me, when you start looking, five turns into ten turns into fifteen really easily.

8. Take a Nap. 

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I know, I know…there you go again shouting “I have no time!”  It is always a good time to take a nap.  Trust me.

What’s your favorite way to take care of yourself?  We can all use more ideas to fill our cup.

Good health and great happiness to you.