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The Ultimate Self-Care Guide for the Busy Individual

by The Organized Dream
The Ultimate Self Care Guide for the Busy Individual

The phrase ‘self-care’ can conjure up images of leisurely soaks in the tub with a glass of wine, or meditation retreats. Those things are great, and if you have the time and the inclination they can certainly be part of a self-care routine, but more important for self care are the small choices that we make each day to stay happy and healthy.

Move around more

When you have a huge pile of work and a deadline it’s very easy for exercise to take a back seat, but if you break it down it should be possible to fit in the movement you need to keep you healthy. As a general rule adults need 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. It is equally important that we don’t sit still for long periods of time. So rather than trying to fit an exercise class into your busy schedule, and the travel time that goes with that, you could try shorter bursts of activity more often. Try five minutes of exercise six times per day, when you’re waiting for a phone call or watching your food cook. Things you can do in short bursts are jogging, yoga stretches and star jumps, or you could put on your favorite song and dance!

Look after your eyes

We all know that we need to take regular screen breaks to look after our eyes. It’s just that when you’re working hard it’s easy for the need for a screen break to become less important than just finishing what you’re doing. If you’re finding it tough to get up and move away from your desk you can protect your eyes with the 20 20 20 rule, which is that every 20 minutes you look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Use an app to remind you every 20 minutes so that you don’t forget.

Food prep

Everyone has the intention of eating healthily. Then you wake up late, don’t have time to prepare the lunch you planned, and you end up buying whatever take away option is closest to hand when your stomach starts growling. We’ve all been there. If you spend some time on your less busy days, perhaps a Sunday afternoon, preparing your food for the rest of the week you are essentially taking care of the busy version of yourself that exists during the week. You’ll be able to just grab a tasty and healthy lunch from the fridge with no stress. 

Take a lunch break

If you take a lunch break not only is it better for you, you will get more done! Your brain gets tired sitting at your desk, and if you eat there too it has no way to replenish itself. Plus, if you don’t pay attention as you are eating, the chances are that you won’t feel full and you will end up snacking. Take time away from your desk to go for a walk or connect with a colleague, pay attention to your food as you eat it and you will return twice as productive.

Look after your teeth

It’s very easy to ignore a nagging toothache. It’ll go away by itself right? The thing is, if you have a toothache for longer than a day then it is likely that there is some kind of problem that needs resolving. The longer you leave it the more difficult the dentist’s job will be, and the more likely it is that you will develop an infection. So if your tooth is hurting see someone as soon as possible, have dentists near you available 24 hours a day.

Say no

This one is tough. If you want to do well at work it can be tempting to say yes to everything that’s asked of you, and then you end up completely exhausted and overwhelmed. Work on setting boundaries with your boss and colleagues, and say no when you need to. They will respect you more for it.

The Ultimate Self-Care Guide for the Busy Individual

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