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Jon Platt helps fight Parkinson's Disease.

Self care ideas for when you're short on time

If I had a pound for every time I heard 'I don't have time for self care, I'm too busy' I would be - well, maybe not a millionaire, but taking a whole lot more holidays! 

It's one of trio of reasons people give, along with 'I feel selfish/guilty' and 'I don't deserve it'.  All 3 are complete nonsense, of course.  

So here's a list of self care ideas for you to try that take 5 minutes or ​less. Enjoy!

1.  Breathe

Okay okay, I know you probably ARE breathing!  

But when you feel stressed or anxious your body flips into the fight/flight mode, and part of this is a change in the breath you take as it becomes very shallow.  

To counteract this, focusing on your breathing for a few minutes can be amazingly beneficial as it triggers the rest/digest response, which is the polar opposite of fight/flight. ​ The rest/digest response will automatically calm down the body, reducing your heart rate, relaxing your muscles and other physical responses. 

Here are 5 Simple Breathing Exercises for you to try.  

2.  Write

Maybe you feel stressed, or overwhelmed, or angry, or anxious.  Maybe you feel confused or unsure.  Whatever you feel, writing will help.

And to get you started, take a look at How To Start A Journal, which walks you through the whole process. Currently available as Pay What You Want