My Self-Care List: suggestions needed

Drinking coffee & reading

This week, I was very inspired by this post by Green Moms Collective about self-care for moms. In the post, the writer encouraged us (even if we aren’t moms!) to make a list of things that make us feel renewed and happy, and even to write down how much time each of these activities take so that we can intentionally build them into our days. While this might sound unnecessarily detailed to some people, this approach sounds perfect for me! I loooove to multitask and I constantly have a list in my head and on my iPhone of various tasks that I mentally (and physically) arrange and re-arrange according to the length of time I have available and the length of time the task requires. So I thought I’d make a quick list of things I love to do and the amount of time I could allocate for them. Hopefully this will keep me accountable for actually taking breaks during the holiday season.

  • Read: magazine (like Green Child Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, or Shape) – 30 min
  • Read: book club book – 30 min
  • Read: other peoples’ blogs – 5-30 min
  • Read: bible/bible study – 30 min
  • Take a detox bath with epsom salt/baking soda – 20 min
  • Deep breathing – 1 min to 5 min
  • Take a nap – 25 min
  • Do a yoga vinyasa – 5-10 min
  • Entire yoga workout (Ashtanga series, from online instructor, or ad lib) – 20-45 min
  • Watch a TV something – 30 min
  • Drinking tea – 5 min
  • Eating something chocolate – 2 min

Well, that’s all that I could come up with off the top of my head, and I am realizing that unfortunately most of my “happy” things require at least 20-30 minutes. Which might explain why I never seem to have time to do what I enjoy. Who has 20-30 extra minutes?! Not me!

Now accepting ideas: things to add fun to the day that take less than 5 minutes?

9 thoughts on “My Self-Care List: suggestions needed

  1. Elaine A. says:

    Writing a note to someone, texting a friend, painting your nails, soaking your feet, putting on a little make up, daydreaming…

    This is the best I could do! Ha!

  2. Jessica says:

    I love this list. I can do at least one of those things during the boys quiet time! 20-30 min is really such a short amount of time, but we can actually do a lot towards taking care of ourselves in that timeframe! Lately, I’ve been making myself do a quick 20 minute workout as soon as quiet time starts. Then I feel more focused and ready to accomplish my other mommy tasks.

  3. Sara says:

    Jenny, I’m so glad you were inspired by this post! I really like the ideas you have come up with. For another quick self-care moment how about a little daydreaming. Personally, I love to lay back on the couch or bed and close my eyes and just think.

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