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How to practice self care (when you’ve only got 10 minutes to spare)

Because time-short shouldn’t mean neglected.

Feel like you’re treading water half the time? We feel you. In a day and age where plates have far too much on them (figuratively of course), a little TLC directed towards yours truly has never been more important. For those that struggle to find the time for self care we have solutions on hand - the following suggestions will treat you to a little self love in no time at all:

Meditate: Boasting endless benefits both physically and emotionally, daily meditation can make all the difference between coping and, well, not. All you’ll need is a quiet space where you can sit undisturbed for a few minutes (the amount of time required is up to you). And for those that struggle to find solace by themselves, there’s a burgeoning array of meditation apps on hand to help. Our picks? Calm and Headspace.

Go for a walk: ‘Go get some fresh air’ as a solution to your woes has been bandied about by mums through the ages. And it seems that, yet again, mum was right - a good walk does wonders for mental wellbeing. Physically speaking, walking (like any physical activity) helps the body to release chemicals called endorphins which mingle with the receptors in the brain, reducing pain and improving your mood in a one-two punch. In short; listen to your mother.

Stretch: Simply put, a good old fashioned stretch is good for the soul. When the body is stressed it tends to tense. By taking your time to stretch your body out limb by limb, pose by pose, the mind has time to calm itself and tension can be relieved. It’s a very simple but effective way to not only increase flexibility and strength in the muscles but dissolve lingering stress at the same time.

Take a bath: A good soak in the tub isn’t just hygienic, but a bath, particularly a warm one, can be just as effective a self-care ritual as any lengthy massage. Why? Well hot water is a natural decongestant, helping to alleviate sinuses and colds, as well as encouraging the body’s detoxification. Then there’s also heat’s ability to relax the muscles, thereby calming the mind and (as an added bonus) preparing us for a good night’s rest. Bathtime doesn’t have to be boring either - elevate your tub time with a handful of epsom salts to soothe sore muscles and holistic favourite, essential oils.

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