10 Self-Care Rituals in 10 Minutes or Less

Do you think of self-care as a nice-to-have and not a necessity?

I used to. Between balancing work, relationships, and the never-ending to-do list, it seemed selfish to me to be carving out time in my day for anything that went beyond basic hygiene.

What resulted was a lot of resentment and pent up anger.

It wasn’t until a coaching session with one of my first one-on-one clients, that I came to the realization that I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching on self-care. We had discussed how she could add more fun and pleasure into her daily life. She was a little hesitant at first but promised herself she was going to commit to adding little pleasure infusions to each and every day of that coming week.

When we hopped on the phone a week later, she was different. She was raving about the exercise and how it changed her outlook – she felt so much happier and more optimistic and motivated around each area of her life. She said she felt like she was a being a better friend and a better co-worker that week.

I was ecstatic for her and the progress she was making. But as we hung up the phone, I realized I was starting to feel another emotion, one that I never want to feel, especially towards a client.

Jealousy. I was jealous that my client was able to do these kind things for herself and I wasn’t. I didn’t want to feel jealous or resentful towards anyone in my life, let alone a client who I was supposed to be cheering on.  That wasn’t fair to her. So that minute, I decided I was going to walk-the-talk and be my own coach. I did the exercises my clients did each week. And guess what? I felt happier and more optimistic too. I felt even more excited to share in their wins, now that my needs were being met.

From that point on, I decided that I was going to define self-care as the act of lovingly tending to one’s mind, body and spirit so that she can show up as the best version of herself in this world.

Think about it – how would you show up differently for your friends, significant other, job, kids, and life in general if you felt that your needs were fully met, if you were content, relaxed, and present?

So how do we make that happen? If you think you don’t have the time to incorporate some self-care practices into your daily life, think again.

It doesn’t have to mean hour-long bath soaks or 90-minute yoga classes every day.

Really, you could add some loving self-care in minutes per day (seconds in some cases!).

By starting any of these practices today, you’ll be sending the message to your body and to your subconscious that you are worthy and deserving of self-care (And you so are! J ).

Eventually it will become a ritual, a part of your lifestyle, and you may notice yourself subconsciously taking action and prioritizing loving behavior and self-care.

Self-Care Rituals in 10 Minutes or Less

  1. Light Candles (30 seconds)

We often light candles when we have guests and visitors to our homes to provide a certain ambience and a pleasant scent. Why wait for the guests when you could be treating yourself to the warm glow and the scent of lilac blossoms.

  1. Dry Brushing (5 minutes)

Before showing, gently brush your skin with a body brush in a circular motion. Start with your limbs and work your way inward to the heart. Dry brushing helps exfoliate by shedding dead skin cells which will leave your skin feeling nice and smooth! It also helps with circulation and lymphatic drainage.

  1. Pre-sleep ritual (1-10 minutes)

Create a restorative pre-sleep ritual to help mentally unwind from the day and prepare the body for a good night’s rest ahead. You could try incorporating meditation, restorative yoga poses, giving yourself a foot massage, or diffusing some essential oils (lavender is my favorite bedtime scent!).

  1. Make a cup of warm lemon water or herbal tea (5 minutes)

There’s something about the act of making a warm beverage for yourself that I find so relaxing! I especially love the warm lemon water as it’s hydrating and helps digestion.

  1. Play some tunes (1-10 minutes)

Music has the ability to drastically change people’s moods. Have you ever noticed yourself get really excited when your favorite song comes on the radio?

  1. Treat yourself to a body scrub (10 minutes including the prep)

This has similar benefits to dry brushing plus it smells amazing! I wouldn’t do every day but once a week is nice!

Here’s a recipe:

  • ½ cup of almond oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup finely ground sea salt
  • 5-15 drops of essential oils of your choice (I like lavender before bed and lemongrass during the day)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, adding more sea salt or oil if needed in order to get a good consistency (holds together somewhat, not over oily).

You can keep your leftovers in an airtight container and use for your next scrub!

  1. Eat nourishing food (10 minutes)

You have to eat, so why not use it as an opportunity to focus on taking care of the body. There is nothing better you can do to show your body you love her, than feeding her nourishing foods. For inspiration, check out these healthy recipes.

  1. Paint your nails (10 minutes)

It might sounds silly but taking a few minutes to do something that will make you feel beautiful and more confident it 100% worth it!

  1. Positive self-talk (30 seconds)

Most of us are subconsciously talking to ourselves all day. The problem is that it’s usually negative and destructive talk. Try catching yourself next time you’re complaining about your thighs or the thought that your friend’s hair always looks so much better than yours, and switch it to something loving.

Say it out loud in front of the mirror for bonus points.

  1. Call a friend (5 minutes)

Self-care doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Sometime the best thing we can do for ourselves is to connect with others. If you’re feeling a lack of connection, pick up the phone and call the friend who is super supportive and always puts you in a good mood.

 

I’d love to hear from you! What other self-care practices do you love to use? What new self-care practices are you going to start today? Share in the comments below.

2 Responses
  • I have totally been there! Sometimes we teach what we most need to learn :). These are great ideas – thanks for sharing!

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  • Julie (Gr8Mommies)
    Jun 1, 2016

    I sooooo needed to hear this today! Awesome tips!! Thanks Alaina! xoxox

    Julie (Gr8Mommies) Jun 1, 2016
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