Being good to yourself doesn’t have to be expensive or hard, so today I’m sharing ways to treat yourself even when you’re constantly on the go!
It is so easy to put yourself last. When you look at everything we all try to accomplish in a day, a week or even a year, it is shocking that we don’t pass out from exhaustion. We give everything to work, to school, to partners, to family, to kids, to friends, and even to distant contacts on Facebook that we rarely have anything left over for ourselves. But this doesn’t work! You cannot take care of everyone and everything else if you are falling apart. So today, let’s chat about ways you can treat yourself even when you think you are too busy to do so. Some are perfect for those days and weeks when you are constantly on the go – like this past week when I was almost never home. Some are meant for treating yourself at home, even if you are still taking care of household chores or working from home.
Being good to yourself just doesn’t have to take a lot of time and can often be done while still accomplishing things on your to-do list!
REACH OUT TO A FRIEND
There will usually be some downtime in your day that can lend itself to a little friend time. I tend to call my best friend while driving out to see my family during the week and I squeeze chats in with my best blogger friend in between projects via Facebook manager. These interactions make me feel like myself and not just a stressed out human shell. Focus on interacting with people who will make you feel less stressed or better yet – inspired! Even better if you can get friends to handle chores or tasks with you, like running to the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning.
LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC/PODCAST/BOOK
You might be running around like a crazy person from store to store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t listen to something just for you. I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down with a book lately, so I’ve taken up audiobooks. The best time to listen for me is in the car! If you are constantly going back and forth running carpools, commuting to work, or traveling for business, an audiobook and a fun treat – like Bustelo Cool Coffee Drinks – will make it seem more fun! It’s even great for chores like cooking dinner or grocery shopping.
Plus, Bustelo Cool Coffee Drinks comes in convenient cans that you can refrigerate and take with you on the go alongside that audio book easy peasy. It even comes in two flavors for you to choose from – Café con Leche or Café con Chocolate, Either way, you might get that extra little burst of energy you need on the way to your next appointment while sipping something delicious!
KEEP A GRATITUDE LIST
This might seem like a chore, but it’s the kind of chore that will reap amazing rewards in the end. If something good happens to you, write it down. The simple act of writing it down gives it importance and makes you more apt to remember and focus on it. We can’t forget about all the good happening amidst an overwhelming to-do list. I like to keep my list in my Life Planner which travels with me everywhere so I can do this on the go. You could keep it in your phone if it’s easier for you!
TAKE 5 MINUTE MINI BREAKS EVERY HOUR
Even 5 minutes can seem impossible on certain days, and I am definitely a person who can sit in the same spot for hours working on a project or run store to store for hours without pausing to consider how I’m feeling or if I need to eat something, but studies show mini breaks will actually increase overall efficiency. Be good to your body and your brain and give yourself 5 minute breaks every hour (or as close to every hour as you can). For me, these 5 minutes vary greatly from stretching and a walk around the apartment or walking to the mailbox to playing a couple rounds of whatever game I am obsessed with on my phone at that moment in the car before I head into the grocery store. And sometimes it might mean grabbing a Bustelo Cool Coffee Café con Leche, which is so good and provides a needed caffeine pick me up so I can stay awake for the next thing.
We would all love a full day booked at a spa, but most of us don’t have time for that (or the money). Consider buying socks with Shea Butter already made into the sock to get your feet nice and soft or a face mask you can have set while getting other things done.
Or, even better, schedule an activity that you can also enjoy while working or watching the kids. For me – it’s pool time! My niece and I spend most of our Thursdays poolside. She gets to enjoy the sun and water, while I hang poolside, getting some work done and sipping on a cool coffee! I am still being productive while also pampering myself.
ACCEPT A LITTLE MESS
The last thing you want to be doing when you are super busy and on the go is worry about the dishes or vacuuming out the car or putting your shoes away (or is it just me?). Treat yourself by accepting a little mess and chaos for the moment. I strongly believe a huge mess will stress you out more over time, but leaving a dish to be cleaned later when you are feeling super productive can be very beneficial.
GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT
You work hard and deserve to treat yourself to something you love. For me, it’s definitely a cold coffee in the summer with something sweet alongside. Who’s with me on that? Bustelo Cool Coffee Drinks definitely makes it easy to treat yourself and get your coffee fix even when you are on-the-go. You can savor their classic Café con Leche or indulge with their Café con Chocolate. Either way, you can’t lose!
Bustelo Cool Coffee Drinks makes it so easy on your time and wallet to enjoy a refreshing, cold coffee. Cold Coffee is simply my favorite on a hot summer day but I don’t have the time or the money to constantly swing through a coffee store. With Bustelo, I don’t have to! If you happen to be enjoying at home during laundry or cooking, it is also delicious over ice. Take this Treat Your Self theme to the next step and enjoy it with one of my Cookie Butter Biscottis, too! They are yummy and can be easily tossed in a baggie and take with you on your busy schedule. It doesn’t have to be hard to be good to yourself on a busy schedule!
Plus, if you head to Walmart to pick up your own cans of Bustelo Cool® Coffee, there is a current Ibotta $1.50 cash back offer on a 4 pack of 8 oz. cans. This deal makes an already budget friendly treat even better! Make sure you head to the coffee aisle at Walmart to find it!!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.