65 things that will make you feel lighter in under 10 minutes
“Take a bubble bath”, they said.
“It’ll be fun”, they said.
“You deserve some self-care time”, they said.
And they were right. And this is how it went:
It was already too late, but you knew you’d feel guilty if you still hadn’t ticked ‘Self-Care’ off your To Do list this week, so you ran a bath
You immediately forgot you’d run the bath (you were tucking your child back into bed for the umpteenth time tonight) so it overflowed
You whacked your forehead on the tap as you were attempting to remove the plug to let some water out
You poured yourself a wine
You bribed your children to stay in bed so “Mummy can just take her god damn bath puh-lease” and leapt into that lukewarm, bubbly mess, mumbling something about having to mop up later, under your breath
Realise your wine’s still on the kitchen bench. Consider calling 000 to fetch it for you (it counts as a real emergency, doesn’t it?)
You give yourself a stern talking to about how much you deserve this and should just relax and enjoy the bath… only to have your pelvic floor strength tested when you feel a couple of sets of tiny eyes staring down at you (“how are you still not bloody asleep?”)
Pull the plug. Tick the box. Drink the wine.
Doesn’t feel so self-lovey now does it…?
Look. I’m as guilty as being a Busy Hot Mess as the rest of you, but I’m also a jolly good List-Maker and Instruction-Follower.
So. I made this list of Cup-Filling things I could do in 10 minutes or less. Some of them are for me. Some of them are for others. But I know they will all have me feeling better and I won’t feel like I have to carve out hours of time I don’t have doing things I don’t really want to do to convince myself I’m loving and caring for Numero Uno.
Have at ‘em.
Call a friend
Do a short meditation
Sit in the sun & soak up some rays
Make a coffee - enjoy the process & the drinking
Paint your fingernails
Take 10 minutes to daydream
Colour in something
Go for a quick walk for 5 minutes in one direction & back again
Delegate something (to a cleaner, assistant, family member etc.)
10 minutes of stretching
Write a list of things you’re grateful for
Write a thank you card (or 3)
Write, stamp & address birthday cards for the next month
Play with or groom your pet
Read a few pages of a book
Pinterest something you’re obsessing over right now
Take a shower
Listen to loud music (dance if you please)
Drive to the shops & order a drink
Pick some greenery from your garden & put in vases
Pay it forward (make a donation or offer to help someone with something specific)
Leave a review on someone’s FB page
Text 10 friends you haven’t spoken to in ages ‘just to say hi’
Flick through a magazine
Delete unused apps from your phone
Delete files from downloads & desktop
Delete some emails from your inbox
Moisturise your whole body
Read through shoutouts & testimonials your clients have left you (or cards/letters from friends if you’re not in biz)
Write a love letter to yourself (perhaps from your Inner Mentor / Future Self)
Write a silly poem for your kids
Write a letter to someone who doesn’t use email
Apply a face Mask
Soak your feet
Flick through a coffee table book
Flick through a funny book
Face-stalk someone (in a totes non-creepy way, pls)
Look through an old photo album
Change the sheets, cushions & throws on your bed
Declutter a room
Paint or watercolour something
Write down everything you’re worried about, then destroy that paper (burn it, tear it up, eat it… #YDYB)
Stand barefoot on the grass
Take your neighbour something (a cuppa & cookie at the front door can be a great convo)
Cancel something in your calendar
Look through a recipe book for meal inspo
Book the next few months of massages & beauty treatments
Organise a girls’ night with your besties
Talk to a stranger
Smudge your home
Remove yourself from some FB groups
Unlike & unfollow people / pages on FB & Instagram
Buy something online
Book a night away by yourself
Plan an event
Watch a short Ted Talk
Water, prune & dust your indoor plants
Make a smoothie or juice
Watch funny videos
Burn a candle, light the incense or put on the oil diffusers
Pull an oracle card, read the guide book, contemplate
Put 10 things in a bag in the boot of your car & drop it off to a local op shop next time you go out
And there you have it. Please please please… don’t add these 65 things to your Self-Love To Do List. Pick one and do it today. Print it out and tick them off. Add to it. Scribble the shopping list on the back of it.
Love yourself. On your terms.
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