We gathered five easy ways to practice self-care, no matter how much (or how little) time you have.
Self-Care in 30 Seconds
Essential oils of lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang ylang can help reduce your stress and improve your mood. Look for a blend in a carrier oil, as many essential oils should be diluted before applying to the skin. Put a few drops in your hands, rub them together, and take three to five deep breaths.
We like Venice Relief Relax Roll On and Naturopathica Re-Boot Aromatic Alchemy.
Self-Care in Two Minutes
Deep breathing invokes a relaxation response, according to Harvard Health Publications. Researchers have also found that it helps regulate cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. Find a place where you can be alone, sit or lay down, then take a deep breath through your nose. Hold for three to seven counts, and then slowly exhale for eight counts. Repeat and feel the relaxation.
Self-Care in Five to 10 Minutes
Meditation is a powerful tool to relieve stress. Studies performed at Stanford and Harvard have found that meditation can actually change your brain (in a good way) and make it easier to manage stress.
Not sure where to start? Try Headspace, an app that guides you through meditations that can get you started on your inward self-care journey.
Self-Care in 30 Minutes
Take a Bath
Is there anything more blissful than sinking into a hot bath after a long day? I’d argue no. Light some candles and unwind (and leave your phone in the other room). For best results, try incorporating bath salts with stress-relieving properties. (Watch the video above to make our DIY Stress-Relief Bath Salts.)
Self-Care in 60 Minutes or More
First, go on a smartphone detox. Your texts, emails, Instagram alerts, etc. will all be there when you get back. Then, grab your favorite face mask, a cup of tea (or glass of wine), and curl up with a good book or watch a movie you’ve been dying to see. In other words: Take some serious you-time.