No Time for Self-Care? Try Micropractices

You probably don’t need anyone to tell you what you should do to take good care of yourself ─things such as exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, cultivating healthy relationships, managing stress effectively, etc.  Most of us know what’s required to be healthy. That is not the problem. The problem is that we tell ourselves that we don’t have the time. When we consider all the things that we must contend with on a daily basis (i.e., work, family, other obligations, etc.) it can often feel as though there are not enough hours in a day. This article suggests that we consider engaging in micropractices. These are small actions people take throughout the day to pause and reflect on what they might need for their health and well-being. Micropractices take a minimal amount of time seconds or minutes to implement. The article suggests several ways to incorporate micropractices throughout your day to help address your needs immediately and possibly reduce stress. If we can routinely incorporate micropractices into our days, we may be on our way to taking better care of ourselves both physically and mentally.