You’re busy… I get it! I live it!

You have kids, a partner, friends, adult responsibilities, a house to care for, a job, pets, and the list goes on. You’re torn in a million different directions, trying to keep everyone happy, but what about you? Who? Yes…. you! What about you and your happiness?

Don’t give me any excuses about it being important for your kids to come first (outside of the bare necessities). If you’re not your true happy YOU, then it’s pretty darn hard to take care of everyone else with the quality and attention that you’d like to.

A simple 10 to 30 minutes a day dedicated to you can be the make or break difference between going off the deep end and loving your life again! No joke! A simple 10 minute meditation a day has made a HUGE difference in my life!

A self care routine is crucial to your wellbeing. Because of my self care habits, I’m a better mother, worker, partner, and friend. Heck…. I’m makes me better at doing this human thing overall!

Not sure where to start? Here are 5 ways that I like to let loose and care for myself.

1. GET OUT AND DANCE

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Okay… don’t worry. You don’t have to actually hit up the clubs, but do dance! Crank up the tunes at home and dance like nobody’s watching! Hide in the bedroom if you have to or just shake your booty to some Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers (or whatever music gets you movin’) while you’re cookin’ up some amazing supper!

Dancing can provide some of the following benefits:

  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills
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2. NOURISH YOUR BRAIN

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When’s the last time you learned something new? And I don’t mean something you “had” to learn for that job that you’re not passionate about. It doesn’t have to be a course from a college or university either.

Love gardening, astrology, birding, knitting, extreme sports? Whatever it is, find a book, an online course, some podcasts to listen to, or blog articles to read.

We’re bombarded with so much meaningless information these days, so take the time to search out quality content to expand your horizons.

Even if it’s just 5-10 minutes a day, nourish your brain with information that you love!

3. DO NOTHING. IT’S OK!

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It’s totally OK to do absolutely nothing some of the time. Kick your feet up, stare at the ceiling, or better yet, stare up at the sky.

Daydream, visualize, take a power nap!

We’re constantly on a mission to go-go-go. Running the rat race.

What ever happened to lazy Saturdays or Sundays? This is one I’ve had a particular hard time with since I work from home. It’s tough to separate work from everything else. I’m getting better at it though, and doing my best to dedicate the weekends for me.

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If you have a busy household, finding time to do nothing might mean waking up 15 minutes earlier and simply enjoying your cup of coffee in silence. Do it! Sometimes the simplest things are the best things.

4. SOAK IN SOME NATURE

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Ecotherapy, basically spending time in nature, has been proven to improve mental health, boost self esteem, help people with mental health problems return to work, improve physical health, and reduce social isolation. So why not take more time for mother nature!

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My favourite ways to enjoy time in nature include walks on our local beaches (not in winter), biking our trails in the summer, and camping around our Maritime provinces in the summer months. In the winter, snowshoeing is lots of fun too!

Find something that works for you, even if it means simply hanging a hammock between two beatiful trees and doing nothing (see #3).

5. FEED YOUR SOUL

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What does your soul crave? (besides that 3-layer german chocolate cake)

Sometimes when we start “adulting” (not to be mistaken with adultering), we loose sight of what feeds our soul.

What are we passionate about? What makes us happy? What makes us lose track of time?

If you know what that is? Do it? Doing it 10 minutes a day or once a week is a heck of a lot better than never doing it at all!

Can’t remember what makes your heart sing? Then start experimenting. Start with things that use to make you happy when you were younger and keep trying.

I love picking away at my guitar even though it’s not very often. I love gardening and being in nature. When I do those things, my spirit thanks me, and so does everyone else in my path!

YOU MATTER

Stop putting yourself at the end of the line. You matter! You deserve happiness just as much as everyone else in your life. Remember… it’s hard to fill everyone elses cup if yours is empty. If it’s brimming, then it’s so much easier to give some way isn’t it?