At any given point, being an adult constitutes being busy all the time. Between work, home life, relationships, extra activities and unforeseen events, taking time for oneself is nearly impossible unless it is purposefully scheduled.
For some, taking time off for oneself produces feelings of guilt, selfishness or being unproductive. However, it is essential that we carve out time throughout the day for ourselves… especially as a caregiver. Self-care is a priority so we may take care of others. It has been said you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Take 5 minutes to sit and breathe, deep breathe and notice as you inhale and exhale. Stretch your arms and legs, wiggle your toes, clench your fists and then release. Something so simple can make a difference in our day. The internet is full of lists of activities we can engage in to relax or unwind. These are just a few:
- Take a quick walk around your block or house
- Use your phone to take pictures outdoors
- Deep Breathing
- Call a friend
- Listen to music
- Read a book/flip through a magazine
- Watch your favorite show
- Laugh – even for no reason
- Craft – paint, make jewelry, sew, woodwork, etc.
Not every activity will work for every person. Try a few and see what works for you. What is important is that you make time for yourself.