Moms, I know it’s tough to fit in time for yourself and practice self-care. That’s why I wanted to write this post for you. This may be one that you want to bookmark so that you can come back to it when you’re feeling stressed and you don’t think you have time to take care of yourself. Do you have ten minutes?
Here’s a list of energy boosting ideas you can do in 10 minutes
1. Walk Outdoors for 10 Minutes
Even a 10 minute walk increases blood flow to your brain and your muscles! If you’re feeling lethargic, walking may not be what you want to do, but it a brisk walk can actually give you energy and leave you feeling less tired than before. Walking without headphones can help clear your mind. Walking with headphones can help change your attitude. Maybe you can make a music playlist for when you feel down or tired?
You may even want to add a 10 minute walk into your everyday routine. When do you need to feel energized? – after helping your child with homework? – just before cooking dinner? Try squeezing in a short walk into your everyday life to get a change of scenery, release stress and step away from the dirty dishes in your sink.
2. Write/Journal for 10 Minutes
Express yourself on paper to boost your inner energy level. If you’re feeling down, stressed or on-edge, take 10 minute to write about those feelings. A study published in the journal, Emotion, suggests that we need to let ourselves feel our current emotions to work through those emotions. Even if you think that you shouldn’t be feeling an emotion (like feeling resentful for all of the responsibilities you have as a parent <–totally normal by the way) try writing about it. You can always throw the paper away if you’d rather someone else not see it.
Another idea is to journal what you’re going to do differently in the future to prevent your anxious feelings. For example, you might write that next time you are asked to volunteer, you’ll say “no” so that you don’t add more stress to your life.
3. Find a Free Offer
You don’t always have to spend money to get something new. There are tons of free offers and free stuff to accept if we can find the right free offer – something we value. I noticed a free offer posted on facebook. I downloaded a paper that I filled out and took to a hardware store. In return I received a free quart of paint. So spend 10 minutes finding an offer that would give me a boost.
Coupon Mom online is one of the many websites to check. Coupon mom does the work for you. You can visit the site and look over the offers to see what you can get for free. Like me, other parenting experts are giving free offers and free downloads of great information.
Our brain loves it when we get something unexpected for free. You’ve felt it! Here are some ideas to get you thinking in this “free offer” realm out there:
- the free pair of panties offered by some lingerie stores
- one of those coupons you get in the mail for a free mini-cupcake at a local bakery or other similar food item
- free samples mailed out by websites
4. Yoga or Stretching Exercises
Even 10 minutes of gentle stretching can relieve stress and invigorate your body. If you practice yoga, choose a few light stretching activities that you’d usually do at the beginning of a yoga session.
If you don’t practice yoga, check out this short article from Ailieen that provides 10 easy stretches and photos to show you the poses.
5. Meditation Break
Even if you’ve never meditated before, it’s easy to get started and the more you practice meditation, the better you get at switching into a calm state.
You can find free guided meditations all over the internet. If you own headphones, you can plug in a listen to these through a smartphone or mp3 player. Here’s one I found for moms:
- A Mother’s Meditation from Mindful Mothering
6. Arts or Crafts Burst of Energy
Spend 10 minutes doing something creative that you enjoy. This could be 10 minutes of knitting, sketching, nature journaling, creative writing, sewing, art journal work, scrapbooking or any creative activity you enjoy. I know it might be challenging to get “into”‘ the creative groove in ten minutes or possibly tough to walk away after ten minutes, but I’ll bet that a ten minute creativity break will give you an energy boost.
7. Self Affirmation Focus
Celebrating you and your unique gifts can lift you up and give you more energy. Take ten minutes to take your focus off of your children, your family and your responsibilities to them and direct your intention to yourself. Acknowledge your gifts by writing them down, speaking them aloud or singing about them (create a playlist of personal theme songs!) Remind yourself of the things you do well and the gifts you offer to the world.
8. Karaoke Break
Yeah, I really do this one! And you don’t have to have a karaoke machine to take this opportunity. If you’re in the car, just put on some favorite tunes and sing at the top of your lungs for ten minutes. I remember one day when my kids were preschoolers. I was home with them and thought I was going to lose my mind. I put them in the car and just drove for about 20 minutes with the music on and I sang and sang. If you do have a karaoke machine at home, that’s fun too and very stress relieving for me!
9. Comic Relief Video
There are tons of funny video clips on YouTube. You know which ones will get you belly laughing, something that releases healthy endorphins into your system. It could be America’s Funniest Videos or something on Comedy Central. One of my favorites is a certain Saturday Night Live video by Justin Timberlake. It’s crude humor, but it gets me laughing hysterically!
10. Reading Fiction
Escape for a break by reading novels that take you into another world. The problem will most likely be that it’s hard to put down the book at the end of ten minutes. But even at ten minutes a day, you’ll eventually get through the novel. Maybe you have time waiting in car line at your child’s school each day? Or maybe you can declare “reading time” for the family for ten minutes every day at the same time and you read your fiction, while your children read, listen to a book on tape or look at I Spy type books.
I hope you’ll find ways to sneak self-care into every day. You’re worth it and you’ll feel more energetic when you do! I’d love to hear what works for you. Post your results or your own ideas in the comment section below.