Quick and Easy Self-care Tips for Busy Women

For busy women, self-care can feel like an unaffordable luxury of both time and money. Self-care is often advertised as long weekends spent at the beach, a trip to the spa, or even hours spent on exercise. In reality, though, self-care can be anything (small or big) you do to give your body attention and nurturance, which is why I’ve created the following easy, inexpensive self-care tips. Each tip can take less than 10 minutes of your time and will create big, positive changes in your body.

  1. Touch your toes and stretch

It’s easy to ignore the stress in our spines. But the truth of the matter is that when we spend long hours hunched over the computer, curled up on the couch or picking up after the kids, our posture and body take the backseat. It won’t take more than ten minutes to step out of your chair and

 do some easy movement, but the stretching will do your aching joints and body some long-lasting good.

Perhaps you can look up a yoga posture, or you have a stretching routine in mind already. (My book “Return to Ease: Gently Reconnect with Your Body’s Natural Mobility and Joy” has some easy movements that can have you feeling more energized and revitalized in a few minutes.) Whether it is advanced or basic, any kind of stretching will keep your body functioning well despite periods of inactivity. Touch your toes, extend your arms and gear yourself up physically and mentally for whatever task is at hand.

  1. Massage and moisturize

Though we tend to link massages and fancy lotions to a day at the spa, not many of us have the time or budget to indulge in frequent spa trips. But that’s okay because you can still create ease and relaxation in your body with your own hands.

Use a natural lotion such as organic coconut oil or avocado oil (don’t be afraid to indulge in your favorite) and rub it mindfully into skin. Spread the cream or oil gently and thoroughly and use your hands to massage across areas that you might not realize are aching. Be intentional, appreciating the body and cells that keep you on the planet.

  1. Phone a friend

At a time where connectivity options are abundant, it’s funny how disconnected we actually are. The troubles of everyday life can be exhausting and drain us of all the time and will to socialize beyond what is absolutely necessary. During our free time, there are personal things we need to tend to that make socializing take a back seat. But to truly care for ourselves, we need to nurture social and emotional aspects as well.

While it’s easy to pick up your phone and send a text, take ten minutes out of your day to chat live with a friend or family member; you benefit just as much as they do from the connection and effort. Your relationships can help relieve stress and help you to maintain a healthy mindset.

  1. Drink water today

Water is that little magic potion we all too often ignore: it relieves fatigue, can eliminate headaches, clears skin, detoxes your body, improves digestion, and prevents cramps. I have even heard from my clients that their mysterious joint pains have resolved just from drinking water.

If you are busy and focused and forget to drink water during the day, you can try setting a reminder notice on your phone or use the timer feature. I like visual reminders so I set out my water for the day on my desk and have hourly goals. You don’t want to drink your daily amount all at once or you could overload your kidneys, so space out your water throughout the day. I aim to stop drinking water about 7:00pm so a full bladder doesn’t wake me up during the night.

Not a big water fan? Add in a little squeeze of fresh lemon or lime or sliced fruit to add a touch of flavor.

  1. Play with your pet or go for a walk

Whether it’s a furry friend or a tank full of fish, scientists have proven the health benefits of animals at every turn. A pet of your own means a faithful companion. And in addition to that spending time with a pet is a proven way to lower blood pressure and increase oxytocin levels.

The enjoyment from pets can be calming and repetitive motion of petting your companion (or even staring at a fish tank!) will help soothe you. Don’t have a pet? Go for a walk to your local park or dog walking track; just taking in the sights of other dogs and animals has the same impact on your wellbeing.

Self-care isn’t just about facials, eating your greens and getting your hair done. It’s also about the soul food that fuels you and the small things that make big impacts on your overall wellbeing. By practicing these 5 tips, you get to spend 10 minutes away from whatever it is you do each day and you get to separate yourself from the chaos and stress of your daily life.

Do you take 10 minutes out of your day for you each day? Share with me below!



Carolyn S. Barnes, CHC, LMT

Carolyn is an integrative health coach, speaker, John Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach advanced level therapist, Reiki Master and the author of Return to Ease: Gently Reconnect with Your Body’s Natural Mobility and Joy.

Carolyn received her coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, she will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

She writes and speaks from a personal place–her own journey of healing and opening to inner wisdom. Her mission at Return to Ease is to help women who want to reconnect with their personal power and true essence. This integrative process of reconnection allows her clients to align their hearts, minds, and bodies while creating a more sacred life filled with health, ease, and joy.

To learn more about Carolyn, order a copy of her book, book a coaching  or Reiki session, please visit her website.

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