“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ” – Lucille Ball
Some days life can be so crazy. There might not be time to shower. There might not be time to do your hair – or go grocery shopping – or even go outside. Taking care of my father, I couldn’t risk taking a walk around the block because he would inevitably need me the second the door shut behind me. But even though you have a million responsibilities and not enough time in the day, you can’t forget to show yourself some compassion too.
Even if all you can do is find 5 minutes while the baby is napping or your parents are engrossed in TV, use the time to care for yourself and love yourself. In order to have the time, energy, and emotional strength to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself too.
Here are 10 ways you can practice self love with only 5 minutes:
5 minutes can be the perfect amount of time. If you don’t have a specific meditation place, just go anywhere you can relax without too much interruption for the next 5 minutes (or as long as you can). Get comfortable and focus on your breathing. If other thoughts or interruptions occur, it’s okay to notice them, acknowledge them, and then let them go, and turn your attention back to your breathing.
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for.
Gratefulness increases health, happiness, and overall well-being. The practice of picking things out to be grateful for and those moments of positivity help in the toughest of times. It not only gives your mind a backdrop of positivity, but it helps train your brain to look for those moments to cling to when it feels like hope is lost.
- Do a few sun salutations, stretches, and hold mountain pose.
Yoga can help ground you. It can be used as a moving meditation. Sometimes I just love to balance in tree pose and feel the calm centeredness.
Yoga can also help with flexibility, bone strength, circulation, blood pressure, heart rate, range of motion, mindfulness and so much more.
Reading can take you away to a whole new time and place. It can whisk you into the future or into the past. Reading can be inspiring or educational. You can learn about the life of someone you admire, or about ways to succeed in business. You can 5 minutes by 5 minutes get through a book about a new hobby – maybe just enough time to learn a new stitch, tool, or technique. Use your 5 minutes to pursue a hobby or passion. What type of book do you like to read? I’m always interested! Let me know!
- Do a plank sequence.
I really like to just drop and perform the following plank sequence if I think I have a couple minutes:
30 seconds of plank (high plank the first time, low plank the second time)
15 seconds plank with right leg up
15 seconds plank with left leg u
30 seconds side plank to the left
30 seconds side plank to the right
30 seconds of walking plank
Then relax in child’s pose.
If I don’t have time to do the whole routine twice, I’ll just go through it once and then relax in child’s pose.
- Write a note to someone you love –
just to let them know you care. Love has the power to replace negative emotions. Fill your heart and someone else’s with positivity in just a couple of minutes.
- Make some hot tea.
If you make it in the microwave it only takes 65 seconds (cook time might vary). Then you still have almost 4 minutes to kick your feet up, close your eyes, and enjoy the sensations of the hot tea.
- Tidy just one shelf or corner that’s been bugging you.
You’ll thank yourself every time you walk past it.
- Say affirmations.
I know some people think it sounds crazy, but sometimes after only hearing people telling you to do things or asking for things, someone needs to tell you and it might as well be you.
- Get a new perspective.
Take one object and try to photograph it from as many different perspectives as possible. It can be something completely mundane – for example a mug. From how many different angles or perspectives can you get a picture? Or draw a couple quick sketches from different angles if you prefer that form of art.
What are you going to do in the 5 minutes you find?