Today I take a look at the importance of self care for busy people.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, taking a moment for ourselves often gets pushed to the back burner.

From the transformative power of mindfulness and various meditation techniques to the importance of conscious breathing, I’ll dive into practices that can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and improve sleep.

Nourishing our bodies with the right kind of food, embracing a digital detox, setting boundaries, and prioritizing emotional well-being are all essential components of this self-care journey.

Remember, self-care isn’t just a luxury; it’s a commitment to your well-being and a journey towards a more fulfilling future.

To find out more, watch the video below.

(If you would prefer to read about self care for busy people instead, scroll further down for the video transcript).

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Self Care For Busy People – Video Transcript

Today is about self-care for busy people! It’s a comprehensive overview of what you can to do to build daily self care into your routine. None of the following suggestions are news to you, they are merely reminders, for me too.

I am going to start with mindfulness.

When we focus on the present it brings us literally into our senses and out of the constant chattering of our thoughts. This can have a positive impact on health and well-being, as anxiety can be reduced, and there’s also research evidence that mindfulness can lower blood pressure and improve sleep, and it may also help us cope with pain.

Then on to meditation.

There a lots of different ways to meditate, there are a few short ones on my website joangeorgetherapies.com, or find something on youtube, find a voice you like, a length of meditation that you like, whatever resonates with you, and just like mindfulness, anxiety can be reduced, lower blood pressure and sleep can improve. I can testify to it helping with pain.

Breathing

We definitely need to do it to live, and having the right techniques to use, can improve our quality of life. Again there are lots of different breathing techniques, I have some on this website, or go to my YouTube channel to find one that suits you. Please, do take the time to get a couple of breathing techniques to use, and to be OK with when you get into a stressful situation

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Food, it’s essential.

Just like our breath. And again, it’s what kind of food, as we are all different and will get on better with some foods than others.

A good starting point is to have as many different colours on your plate, made up of protein, veggies and fruit. This is a lot easier said than done, because it means cooking from scratch, this means some serious self care. And then comes the enjoyment of this lovingly prepared food, in a mindful and grateful way, which might mean not watching TV and doom scrolling on our phones at the same time.

And while I am on the subject of doom scrolling, having a digital detox is really beneficial for mental well being, it’s also a way of learning how to put healthy boundaries in place for yourself, in other words you learn to say no to using technology, so it’s easier to say no to people who want you to dance to their tune all the time.

And now, setting boundaries

I call it the boundary dance, and it’s a huge part of self care. It’s good, even essential, to have the support of family and friends, however they can be challenging, so it’s a good time to practice putting your boundaries in place, in other words, when you say Yes, or No, the decision is good for you – most importantly, good for the other person and good for the situation – quite a tough ask, but definitely doable. And you will know you are on track when you worry about what you think rather than what anyone else thinks, and all that matters is that you are in a state of peace and that you are moving towards where you feel you have always belonged.

On a similar theme, emotional wellbeing is an essential part of self care.

Learning to be resilient is about putting everything into practice, the mindfulness, the meditation, being aware of your breath, putting boundaries in place, all contribute to creating more and more resilience in your life. It just means that you respond to difficult situations rather than reacting in an inappropriate knee-jerk fashion.

And now to the physical…

Get out for a walk, in nature, is definitely part of self care, and if it’s your thing, a fairly gentle movement class is good, just make sure its a regular thing to maintain your wellbeing, as exercise helps reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, and also make sure you get enough good quality sleep.

Another avenue for self care is getting creative

Whether it’s singing in a choir, learning to sketch or paint, or maybe journaling to get your emotions out or your head and onto paper. Just go and find your thing, that tickles your fancy, that makes your heart sing.

Looking at your own environment is important for self care

How crowded it is, do you need to do some decluttering maybe, is there some nice flow to how everything is organised? Sometimes you just need to do a tidy up, and a reshuffle and you feel like you have a new home, and it will feel calmer. And remember if you want to clean less, own less.

Self care is not for sissies, it takes commitment and a real willingness to improve your wellbeing, not just for today, but for your future. It’s about taking charge of your life, it’s about making appropriate choices at any given moment of what’s good for you, and what is not.

Just find what works for you, all of the above, or just a few.

What are your thoughts around self care? Feel free to leave a comment below.