5 in 5: Self Care

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I’m too busy. It’s the most overused excuse of all time, especially when it comes to self care. The truth is that for most kick-ass women who juggle a million things a day (babies, jobs, spouses, friends.. we’re tired just writing this list), making time to truly care for themselves often gets pushed to the back burner. But a happier, stronger self leads to all of the other areas of your life feeling happier and stronger. So it’s time to make time. Here, 5 self care tips that take just 5 minutes each.

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@siljadanielsen & @phil_torres

1. Stretch it out. Daily stretching, even for just a few minutes each morning and night, increases blood flow which helps fight that tired, sluggish feeling and is proven to reduce stress by easing body tension.

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  2. If most of your meals are spent in race-mode, set aside at least 5 minutes a day to enjoy a drink in peace. Maybe it’s a cup of your favorite tea in the morning or maybe it’s a glass of wine at night. Either way, turn off the noise of the day and sip in silence.

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3. Give yourself a pep talk. Cancel out the negativity (and the internet trolls) and remind yourself of how great you’re doing. Our Pinterest board of inspirational quotes is a good jumping off point.

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4. Inhale… then exhale. Light a candle or use fresh herbs and spices to oxygenate while taking in an uplifting scent. We love vanilla, peppermint or lavender.

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5. Moisturize and meditate. Use your favorite moisturizer to give your face or hands a quick mini message while you allow your mind to de-clutter. Try this right when you get home from a long day at work to help transition from office-mode to home-mode.

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