The daily life of a caregiver can be hectic. It doesn’t get any easier when you have a long list of things to do. But no matter how busy life gets, your downtimes are necessary.
There are many self-care tips that circulate in both print and digital media – from eating right to smiling bright. However, we often overlook those tiny steps we can do to feel better: Foolproof ways to treat yourself kindly in under 10 minutes or so!
Here are small ways to help you feel a little better each day:
- Enjoy a scent therapy.
Aromatherapy can be as relaxing as getting a good massage. There’s something exciting and relaxing about getting into its ritual, like focusing on enjoying a scented bath or a lighted candle. Inhaling the aroma awakens the senses and calms your inner storms. It’s a must-try!
- Have a feel-good playlist.
There is something about music that can lift your spirits. Listening to good songs while completing a task can positively affect your mood and productivity. Try to organize your favorite tunes into a single playlist. Listen, dance, and sing along!
- Have a journal.
Have small accomplishments for the day? Write it down. Got a compliment? Write it down. Every positive moment counts, and they are worth noting. Have a journal and jot them down. Read this whenever you need a little pick-me-up during your tough days. It reminds you of the many things you should be proud of and makes you feel good about yourself.
- Call a friend or a loved one.
Reconnect with a beloved. Maybe your family lives miles away or you haven’t seen a friend for so long. Having that phone call can be rewarding enough to turn your day a little brighter. Keep a solid communication with your family and friends. Talk to them even when you aren’t wired on your caregiving duties. They are the best sources of bliss.
- Take care of your skin.
Having a youthful, radiant skin makes you feel more confident to seize the day. It gives you positive thoughts about your body. Lather some lotion and have a solid skincare routine before you sleep.
How Do You Practice Self-Care?
Some of these may work for you, while some may not. However, it is important to understand that the best way to practice self-care is going after what feels right for YOU.
What small positive habits do you practice daily? What are your favorite stress-busting techniques? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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