Hi I’m Ivanna.

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15 Self-Care Things You Can Do In An Hour or Less

15 Self-Care Things You Can Do In An Hour or Less

15 Self-Care Things You Can Do In An Hour or Less

Self-care is a hot topic these days and there is good reason for that. We are probably more stressed and stimulated than we’ve ever been as a society before. We work a lot, sleep a little, and are exposed to and experiencing traumatic events what seems to be every. single. day!

self-care
/ˌselfˈker/
noun

- the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. // - the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
— Dictionary

This is no good for our mental health OR physical health. Taking time out to check in with yourself (and each other) to see how you are feeling is very important. It is equally important to take time to relax, refocus and practice some self-care.

I think a lot of people neglect self-care because they don’t feel like they have time for it. They may think self-care has to be a luxurious spa day or a weekend away in the country, but it doesn’t. Self-care can be simple and take only a small amount of time. You can even practice self-care every day and you should.

Today I wanted to share 15 Self-Care Things You Can Do In An Hour or Less to show you that it doesn’t have to take a long time or add more stress to your life by trying to find the time to practice self-care.

Get a manicure

Go for a walk

Schedule a therapy session

Pray

In a National Institutes of Health research, it found that individuals who pray every day are 40% more likely to have less high blood pressure than those without a regular prayer practice. Also, a 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that individuals with asthma who pray and meditate regularly have fewer and less severe symptoms than those who had not. Other studies revealed that prayer increases the body's immune system and decreases the severity and frequency of many illnesses. - The Gospel Herald

Get a pedicure

Go to a coffee shop and journal

Get a massage

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. - Mayo Clinic

Watch a comedy while eating your favorite junk food

Be intimate with your spouse

Go to lunch with a trusted friend and vent

Venting helps to restore your equilibrium. When your emotions have catapulted to the ceiling because you’ve let something get to you, your higher neo-cortical functioning goes offline. And with that impairment, your mental faculties can become addled—discombobulated. But if you have a trusted confidant(e) to assist you in regaining control of these rattled feelings, you’ll be able to think more logically. And hopefully, you’ll then be capable of viewing the disturbing situation from a less exaggerated—or distorted—perspective. - Psychology Today

Take an hour off work and leave early

Take a bath with a bath bomb and candle

Go to an exercise class

Exercise is one of my favorite forms of self-care. When I am feeling stressed out I always feel better after a a quick run, class or weight lifting session. I believe exercise is one of the most underused forms of “therapy” and “medicine”. Read here how running helped me cope with anxiety and panic.

Go to Target or your favorite store alone and look around and maybe treat yo self!

Sit outside and stare into space and reflect on your blessings

These are just some of the things you can do to practice self-care. Like I mentioned earlier taking care of yourself is important for your mental and physical health. If you are not well you cannot help others around you or live a fulfilling life.

Notice in the scripture below God expects for us to love ourselves and we can do this by practicing self-care.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as YOURSELF’ There is no commandment greater than these.
— Mark 12:30-31
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