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20 Minute Self Care Challenge

What Is Self Care? 

When I hear people talking about Self Care I think of a weekend away at a luxury yoga retreat but Self Care can be any activity you do to benefit your own mental, physical or emotional well-being. This could be something a simple as taking time to read a chapter of a book, go for a run or having a cuppa in peace. Self Care can have many benefits such as reducing stress, improving physical health and boosting endorphins therefore having a positive impact on our mental and physical health.  Essentially the better we care for our own wellbeing the more equipped we are to deal with the stresses of daily life or so am told. 

Who Has Time For Care? 

I think the answer most of us would give to that question would be "not me".  As a busy mum of two, who works part time I barely have time to brush my teeth in the morning never mind taking time out of my day just for me.  I think most of us are guilty of not making enough time for ourselves. We prioritise our child's need  over our own and the short amount of parenting respite we do have is typically spent doing housework, laundry or life admin. We rarely take the time just to focus on our own wellbeing. 

How The Challenge Came About

Recently I was lucky enough to have a full day child free at home by myself  which is a rarity. Pervious child free days I have had (there haven't been many)  I've spend rushing around town so I wanted to make the most of just being at home. I spending a few hours doing the usual jobs about the house  then I treated  myself  to a couple of hours of Self Care time. I  spent it munching on chocolates and binge watched "The Let Down" on Netflix (an absolute must watch for all Mums). It was bliss! Afterwards I felt destressed and  re-energised. It made me realise that I need to make more time each day just for me.

The 20 Minute Challenge 

I knew that if I was realistically  going to allow my self some Self Care time everyday it would have to be short but sweet. I thought I could try put just 20 minutes aside for myself each day for 5 consecutive days and see how it impacted on my personal wellbeing. 20 minutes felt manageable while also being a significant amount of time for the activity to be meaningful. I set my self three rules. Firstly for me to truly be able to switch of and relax I decided that my phone would out of sight and on silent while I was taking my Self Care time that way I wouldn't be distracted by any calls or notifications. Second rule was that I could take the 20 minutes at any point of the day to fit in around our schedule and  lastly the time should ideally be spent just me alone but I accepted that I may have to be a bit flexible with this one.

The Results 

Come back to read part 2 of The Self Care Challenge to find out how I got on and if it's really made a difference to by personnel wellbeing. Why not join in yourself? You can make your own rules and choose the amount of time that works for you. I would love  to hear how you get on!

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