Let me ask you a few questions: How well do you take care of yourself? Do you do it consistently? How do you feel after you take care of yourself? We are told to take care of ourselves but what does that really mean? For me, it doesn't mean a grand gesture, it means those subtle actions I do regularly to improve my quality of life. If you haven't read my first 20 ways to take care of yourself, here is the link.
Since the first list was so popular, I wanted to share another 20 ways to take care of yourself in 20 minutes.
Give yourself a well-deserved at home facial to relieve dry skin. Use this recipe. Gently warm 2 tablespoons of honey with a half teaspoon of cider vinegar and apply to your face. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Take a 20 minute power nap on your favorite sofa.
Watch a short comedy sitcom and laugh out loud to every scene that makes you chuckle.
Take a bath with relaxing lavender, ylang ylang, or chamomile essential oils added to the water.
Write down 5 things you are grateful for. If they are people, contact that person by email or text or phone and tell them. Start by saying, "I am grateful for you because ...."
Sit quietly and focus on quieting your mind. Taking deep breathes and when your mind starts to talk, tell yourself, "I appreciate the reminder but please remind me later, I want to sit quietly right now."
Turn on the aromatherapy diffuser and add drops of your favorite essential oil, then make yourself a cup of your favorite warm herbal tea or coffee. Then, sit and enjoy the scent.
Put on your favorite music and dance. Freely and like no one is watching.
Clean your jewelry, especially the ones that sparkle and remember who gave it to you and how much they love you. If you gave it to yourself, remember why you bought it.
Make a smoothie that contains at least one fresh fruit, a protein, a grain, and one dark green veggie in it. Drink it slowly and enjoy!
Add a deep conditioning treatment to your hair. Try making a mixture of 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil. Place it on your hair and wrap in a warm towel or plastic wrap for about 20 minutes.
Run warm water over two wash clothes. Squeeze out the excess water than wrap the top of both hands with the wash clothes. Sit for 10 minutes. Do some deep breathing and then moisturize your hands completely.
Run two black tea bags under cool water. Press them to remove excess water. Be careful if there are staples. Then lay down and place the tea bags over the eyes, add a damp cool squeezed washcloth to keep in place. Stay there and relax for 20 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags.
Remove all papers from your desk for 20 minutes and sit quietly without anything in front of you.
Sit outside and watch the wild animals in their natural habitat.
Read an inspiring short story.
Play in the dirt. Pull weeds, spend time in the garden, looking at the flowers and being with nature.
Write in a personal journal and answer this question: What characteristics make me who I am?
Listen to a motivating podcast while stretching.
Well, there you have it! Another 20 ways to take care of yourself in 20 minutes. Let's continue the conversation, what is your favorite quick take care of yourself task? Feel free to share it below in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.
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