There is a pretty common misconception that self-care is saved only for those with infinite amounts of time and very limited responsibility. Not true! Self-care is essential, and it is for everyone. We are all deserving of moments throughout the day that make us feel cared for and happy. Practices in self-care throughout our day or week are actually the things that allow us to
work more productively, to be more present in our lives, and to feel happier.
It can be really easy to let self-care practices slip when we’re living such busy lives. We may tell ourselves that it can wait, that it’s not important, that everything else on our infinite to-do list takes priority. We can’t always avoid the business of our lives, but we can definitely work to practice healthy self-care strategies when time is of the essence.
Call a friend or family member during your commute
Calling someone we love when we’re on our way to run an errand, or on our commute to work or school can not only help us feel good, it can brighten up someone else’s day as well. We’re also connecting in a deeper way that can sometimes become avoided in our text-message-heavy world.
Book a manicure, facial, or treatment
Of course, actually getting a manicure or a facial is the ultimate act in self-care, but there is something to be said for the excitement that builds up in the days before we indulge in something good for ourselves. Take a moment to check your calendar and book off some time in advance for a treatment, rather than waiting last minute and then feeling overwhelmed.
Do a brain dump
This! Sometimes our brains feel like a tangle of thoughts and worries, so much so that we lose focus in what we are actually doing throughout the day. A brain dump is the name given to the process of simply writing out everything that is going through our heads. We can do it in the form of list-making or just jotting down what comes to mind in that moment. Actually seeing our thoughts externalized on paper can subconsciously allow us to focus more on the present
and what we really want to be focusing on.
Dorian Schwartz is a mental health therapist and artist in Toronto, Ontario, focusing on anxiety, stress, and self-esteem. She works with clients who want to set goals and feel better, but just aren’t sure where to start. She can be found creating mental health related art at
@letstaketime, and can be booked for individual therapy sessions at Shift Collab