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10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself in 10 Minutes

Taking care of myself so that I can better take care of those around me has been a habit I’ve worked at cultivating over the last few years. It’s harder with small children but it is more necessary then ever because of those lovely  little ones.

Since Kieran was born time alone has been at a premium, this is a wonderfully exhausting season and I wouldn’t have it any either way. But after having postpartum depression after my second daughter, I have been more mindful then ever during this postpartum time.

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I came up with this list of super simple, do-able self-care practices one morning after feeling touched out and burnt out from keeping my tiny humans alive. I know some of you can relate even if your days aren’t filled with diaper changes, home schooling and meal making. Some of these are ten minutes, some are longer but all are life-giving to me.

  • Drinking a cup of coffee or tea while it’s still piping hot.
  • Daily ten minute pilates workout (I dress in leggings most days to make this goal happen).
  • Candle lit shower with an essential oil scrub. One of my favourite shower gifts was a homemade sugar scrub, it makes my showers feel more like spa time and the candle hides the toothpaste clumps on the sink.IMG_0825 (1)
  • Reading before bed-just a few chapters each night makes a huge difference for me even if the day was a doozy.
  • Intentional multi-tasking. If I’m driving solo, I always listen to a podcast. If we’re at the library, I flip through current issues of my  favourite magazines.IMG_1768
  • Fresh flowers on my kitchen table. I add them to our grocery cart all winter long and the girls keep me supplied in bouquets now that the dandelions are out.
  • Weekly conversation with a friend. Homeschooling means I am home a lot with my little ones. I love it but I need adult interaction as well. I try to make this happen weekly whether it’s meeting a friend and her kidlets at a library, staying up later to chat on the phone or a book club gathering.
  • Saying no. I can be such a people pleaser and an opportunity seizer but this is a slow, quiet season of my life and saying no is almost always the best idea for me.IMG_1675
  • An afternoon out. Almost every week I go out for a few hours, by myself, to a coffee shop. I write, people-watch, read blogs and sit in the quiet. It’s one of my favourite times and I’m super grateful for this season where Jared is home more to make this happen.
  • Getting outside, this is such an obvious one but days can go by without me being outside for a good length of time. I’m working on changing that with simple garden projects and nature walks with friends.

That’s my list of simple, do-able self care practices. I’d love to hear what makes your list of refreshing practices when life is busy.

 

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Megan Trader May 12, 2016, 9:16 pm

    I’m 4 weeks post partum with my 3rd; thanks for the great list of self care ideas. I’m so glad the weather is warming for more outdoor time.

    • thisvintagemoment May 12, 2016, 10:27 pm

      Oh congratulations Megan! I wish you all the best and I hope this helps you as you take care of your loves. Enjoy your little one!

  • Amanda May 13, 2016, 6:07 pm

    Love all of these! I drink a lot of tea during the day (always black tea in the morning, then green and/or fruit/herbal the rest of the day, with a special bedtime cup at night) but I always try to really enjoy the first and last cup of the day. Love the idea of wearing leggings to ensure you get your workout in ?; do you have any 10 minute routines you recommend?
    I used to always be a morning shower person, but that is no longer possible due to little ones’ schedules, so now I try to savour my shower time at night. I turn on my diffuser, use that time to listen to podcasts, and I might have to add some candlelight and homemade scrubs from time to time!
    Thanks for the reminder to mother ourselves, even if only for 10 minutes chunks at a time.

    • thisvintagemoment May 14, 2016, 9:24 pm

      I hear you on the shower, good on you for changing up your routine and making it special for you.
      I love Robin Long’s workouts at http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com, that’s her blog and I’m currently working through her 30 days of pilates on her you tube channel. She’s the mom of two so she gets the time crunch. =)

  • Hinna June 8, 2016, 5:59 pm

    I really needed to hear this. I’m struggling to keep it together and not let my exhaustion get the best of me. Instead of trying to get large chunks of time to myself, I’ll aim for 10 minutes here and there throughout the day

    • thisvintagemoment June 8, 2016, 8:59 pm

      I’m so glad it was helpful! Little by little can change so much.

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