Self-care is all the rage these days, thanks especially to Millennials. Depending on who you ask, this generation’s obsession with self-care and avocado toast is either overly indulgent or highly emotionally intelligent.
We tend toward the opinion that this focus on self-care reflects a healthier approach to a balanced, happy life than does the “you can rest when you’re dead” crowd.
And there are plenty of successful, non-millenials who agree: Todd Durkin says:
“World class personal care is mandatory for success. Take care of yourself!”
The big question, though, becomes, HOW? How do we carve out time for self-care when there are increasing demands on our time and our energy? How do we find a way to squeeze it in so that those activities are actually restorative and not just another obligation on our ever-expanding to-do lists?
The answer, surprisingly enough, may lie in just that paradox: You have to commit to it, to make it a discipline, to reap the benefits and to transform self-care from an obligation into a source of renewal. In order to not think about it and plan for self-care, but to make it a fully integrated, non-optional part of your day, it must become a habit, as much a thoughtless activity as brushing your teeth or catching the 7:47am bus to work.
Here’s our challenge to you: take twelve minutes, every day for a week, to engage in some self-care. It can be a really simple activity, it can happen anytime, anywhere.
Why 12 minutes?
Twelve minutes can feel like a really long time. If you’re constantly on the move, taking a whole 12 minutes to get chill AF can feel torturous at first. It’s really, really hard to calm your mind for that long. And that’s exactly why: we have to break down barriers to self-care: we have to sit with and grow comfortable with being in a place of discomfort.
Can you do it? Can you make that time and stick to it, even if it’s the last thing you want to do at first?