When you’re busy and always on the go, self-care can seem completely out of reach. Who has time for face masks and spa treatments when you’re just trying to keep it together between meetings, long commutes, and your never-ending to-do list? Fortunately, self-care travels well. Here are 29 self-care ideas for those of you who are always on the go.
5 Minute Journal App
Download the app and practice gratitude on the go. The app will prompt you to write down three things you’re grateful for and three amazing things that happened each day.
Take 3 Deep Breathes on Cue
Use a cue from your everyday activities as a reminder to take three deep breathes. You can breathe on each hour, do it every time you check your email, or when you hit a red light while driving.
Show Up Early
The next time you need to be somewhere, arrive just five minutes early and sit in your car. Choose one of the five minute self-care activities on this list.
Pause, Then Act
The next time your phone rings, when someone asks you a question, when it’s time for the next meeting, pause then act.
Carry a Water Bottle with You
A simple trick to drinking enough water every day is to always have a water bottle with you (go eco-friendly and pick up a reusable one).
Plan Healthy Meals and Snacks Ahead of Time
Eating healthy can be hard when you’re always on the go. Have some simple, healthy meals and snacks on hand that you can take with you. (Try these!)
The 5 Minute Stretch
A little goes a long way; start with the neck, stretch through the arms, then the legs, and even the feet! Your body will thank you.
Listen to an Inspiring Podcast on the Go
Whether its little bits here and there or during a long commute, use travel time to listen to your favorite podcast for inspiration, motivation, and even entertainment.
Carry a Note Pad and Pen
Always have something on hand to write things down; when inspiration strikes or when you remember that item you need to add to your to-do list.
Pro-Tip: use the notes app on your phone if you’re not into pen and paper.
5 Minute Meditation on the Go
Sometimes life simply demands that you multi-task and if that’s you, then just carve out an afternoon or even an hour to let yourself focus on one thing at a time.
Use Technology for Good
Download the Shine app or sign up for their daily texts to get positive affirmations and quotes. You’re already on your phone, you might as well make it work for your own well-being.
Go For a Walk on Your Lunch Break
Pack those sneakers and walk around the block on your lunch break. Invite a co-worker and chat about non-work related things. Or go alone and enjoy the sounds of nature.
Parking Lot Hack
Can’t sneak out for a walk? Park at the far end of the parking lot and take a mindful stroll to your destination. A quick moment to breathe and move your body will do you good.
Eat Water Dense Foods
Hate drinking water? You’re not alone. If you struggle to get as much water as you need, try packing water dense snacks like watermelon and other juicy fruits.
Use Essential Oils
Carry a small bottle of Lavender oil to relax and destress or citrus for a quick pick me up. Aromatherapy is the easiest way to bring the spa with you on the go.
Eat Lunch Outside
Ditch the break room and get outside. Bonus points for packing a healthy lunch (and don’t forget to bring that bottle of water).
Carry a Self-Care Bag on the Go
Consider it your emergency self-care pack; chapstick, face wipes, lotion, essential oils; anything that will help you squeeze in a bit of self-care while you’re out and about.
Automate and Delegate
Take a step back and assess what tasks you can automate or delegate to free up some of your time and energy. It’s okay to ask for help.
Do One Small Thing Just for You
Try doing one simple thing for yourself each day. It’s nothing to check off a task list or serve a greater purpose. It’s a little something special that makes you happy.
Find a funny podcast or YouTube video to watch (bonus points for sharing it and laughing with a friend).
Use Positive Affirmations
Write down a positive affirmation each morning and keep it somewhere you’ll see it throughout the day.
Self-Massage on the Go
Massage your temples, hands, and even your scalp. It’s instantly relaxing and you can do it any time. Try it the next time you find yourself sitting in traffic.
Turn Up Your Favorite Song
Nothing like a quick dance party to loosen up and shake off the stress. Turn up your favorite song and move your body. If you’re in the car, roll the windows down for some fresh air.
Connect with Someone
Send a quick check-in text or phone call to a family member or friend. In the chaos of the day, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. Reaching out can help you and them!
5 Minute Free Write
When you feel overwhelmed, grab that pen and paper and just start writing. Set a timer for five minutes and pour everything out.
Read One Chapter
Whether it’s an inspiring self-help book to keep you on track or a fantasy novel to help you get creative, just read one chapter a day.
Choose comfortable clothes and shoes. You might not be able to rock a sweat suit to work but finding clothes that fit and feel good is important.
Pack Your Gym Bag
The best way to make sure exercise happens is to be ready! Pack your gym bag and carry it in the car so you never have an excuse.
Now it’s your turn; do you have any self-care ideas for busy bees that are always juggling multiple tasks? Leave us a comment and share.