The Importance of Self-Care and How To Do It In 10 Minutes a Day
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The Importance of Self-Care and How To Do It In 10 Minutes a Day

Do you struggle with feeling unmotivated? Are you overwhelmed or exhausted? Are you tired of giving all of yourself and never feeling like you can catch a break?

A busy lifestyle can leave one feeling uninspired. It's hard to sit down to write and formulate our thoughts and ideas when we don't have (or think we have) enough time to think things through.

Something has to change if we want to start feeling better. One of the ways we can protect our writing life (or business life or whatever your passion is) is by making sure we take care of ourselves. That means eating a healthy, balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising. But it doesn't stop there. Self-care can mean many different things.

Here are a few areas to consider when working toward better self-care:

Are you stretching yourself too thin?

Having too many commitments can get in the way of our hopes and dreams. When we start to think that all we ever do is for someone else, we can start to lose sight of our own dreams. Or we can start feeling frustrated or hopeless. Sometimes we have to say no to certain things so we can say yes to the things that will help keep our fire burning.

Are you misjudging or underestimating your ability to work on self-care?

I think we can have a misguided view about our available time and ability to work on self-care. It's easy to say, "Oh, I don't have time for that," but we have to ask ourselves if that's really true. The truth is self-care moments don't have to take up much time. The more time, the better of course, but how about just 10 or 15 minutes? Can you spare the time to sit in silence on the couch or on the porch while you sip a cup of coffee? Can you spare the time for a quick soak in the bathtub? We get hung up on the idea that self-care requires a huge time commitment, but it doesn't have to.

Are you putting off self-care?

Oftentimes, we know what we need, but we still don't do it. Why? What are we afraid of? Why do we keep putting it off? Are we waiting for permission? Are we waiting to be relieved of prior commitments? When we can spend just 10 minutes a day on something nice for ourselves, there really aren't any good excuses for why we can't work on self-care. We can't work 24/7, and we shouldn't be letting our work trickle into our personal life. We need to start recognizing that taking better care of ourselves can have a ripple effect on other areas of our lives.

A necessary part of self-care

Part of self-care also involves working toward our dreams and goals. If we're neglecting that area of our lives, we're not setting ourselves up for a successful or happy future. We need to remember that even if it's just for 10 minutes a day, it's better than no time at all.

Jody Calkins
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