5 Minutes Of Self-Care Can Go A Long Way

By Teresa Filgis

We are all constantly bombarded by the difficulties of everyday life. No matter what age, sex or race, stress affects all of us. In particular, women are constantly pulled in a hundred different directions on a daily basis. Navigating the waters from being young women, trying to live, work and be independent, to then becoming wives and mothers when life’s pressures kick into overdrive, can and will take its toll on your sanity. We put our mental and physical well being on the back burner because we are simply too busy. Running a household, being a chauffeur, playmate and caretaker of little ones can leave you feeling like a big tube of toothpaste that has been all squeezed out. This is the time to rejuvenate yourself with some simple pleasures that can help you to regenerate your energies and get your head in the right place to face another day being your best self. I know this is easier said than done. Once you actually begin to take some time for yourself, you realize just how much you need it.

Getting outside for some fresh air and seeing the natural beauty of what is all around us can help you recharge your batteries and put things into perspective. Beauty is different for all of us, so no matter what area you live in, try to find what you love about it and create time within it. For example, if you live close to a river or water area see if there’s a marina or state park within a reasonable distance. If there is, use it to your advantage and take a hike or have a picnic. Not everyone lives close to a waterway, but we all live within some proximity to a park or greenway. If you can, use this access to nature and enjoy it. Find some time for yourself and take a walk, sit on a park bench and have a cup of coffee.

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Take in the world around you. Life can get so chaotic that sometimes we forget to just pause for a second.  Take a few minutes to reflect on your life, your kids, your relationships, your work. Whatever it is that makes you happy take a few moments for yourself to regroup and focus on whatever matters to you the most.

Sometimes just sitting out on your back porch, watching the sun go down can do wonders for your soul. I am all about outdoor living space, whether it’s a porch, deck, patio or stoop. Buy yourself something small to pretty up your area, a wind chime or a potted flower. It does not and should not be expensive. The smallest things have the biggest impact.

If you have an area you love, you will want to enjoy it even more and you will make the time to use it. Even five minutes of quiet in a warm and welcoming place can do wonders for your psyche. It will help you to face another busy day with renewed strength. Even though we are wives, mothers, students and workers, you have to carve the time out for yourself. You work too hard in life to not make yourself a priority!