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It can be a real challenge for working women to take out time for themselves, especially if they are married.  However, it is extremely important that you take out time for some self-care. We understand that on certain days even 24 hours are not enough for managing work and home simultaneously. And which is why we’ve curated some very easy, de-stress/self-care ways that will really help calm your mind and help increase productivity. Read on to know about some very quick routines that can easily be followed. Depending on how much time you have in a week, you can incorporate and choose the ones you like.

Spend time outdoors in nature

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If you have a park nearby or even a balcony, spend at least 10-12 minutes every day by yourself, all alone. This will help you rejuvenate and can be a part of your routine to just unwind or to get a break from work. Some people love having their morning tea in peace, just to get that ‘me time’ ahead of a packed day. This could be a great habit to integrate in your daily routine.

Take a nap or go to bed early

With our busy schedules, we can hardly afford an eight hour sleep. However, you can use your weekends to wake up a little late than usual, or alternatively take a nap during day time on the weekends, to help your body rejuvenate.

Take a digital detox

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In the digital age that we live in, we tend to keep scrolling through our phones mindlessly whether it is those 15 minutes after waking up in the morning, or before falling asleep. A digital detox will help you have some free time where the mind is not engaged in something absolutely random. This will also save you some serious mental exhaustion. If you are in a business which involves social media, make sure to take few hours in the day away from the internet.

Take a warm, long bath

Showers can be a five minute affair for the working ladies. Take out time for a long lukewarm shower on the weekends. Add a few drops of any essential oil to your bath water and make it an even more relaxing experience. You can even get a head massage from a nearby salon or have a family member do it for you. It will really help you set the tone for the coming week, and truly help you rewind.

Make a skincare routine

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Women mostly enjoy having their monthly pedicures and manicures, because they are super relaxing. You can go for one, or if you love spending weekends indoors, you can make yourself a nice skincare routine that involves cleansing, steaming (add few drops of essential oil to make it more relaxing), scrubbing and a face mask. You can also alternate between buying skincare products from the market, and taking time on weekends to make them using natural ingredients.  Not only will your face look clean and radiant, your skin will thank you in the long run!

Clean and organize

If you are a bachelor, this could give you a lot of headspace. De-cluttering and organizing have been proven as effective mind exercises that help you think clearly. Taking out time to de-clutter your space and organizing can help you stay more productive. Alternately, you can take some time to make yourself a dish instead of eating out. The ‘cut your own vegetables and make your own food’ process can do wonders to help calm your mind.

Take out time for yoga/meditation

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Yoga and meditation can help calm your nerves and take away a lot of stress and anxiety. If you are someone with a jam packed schedule, taking out even 10 minutes in a day can help you a lot. If possible, spare an hour in the morning, sit by yourself in your room or balcony, close your eyes and just concentrate on your breathing. Even ten minutes of silence, by yourself can also get you through the day like a breeze.

Call or meet a friend

Call up or meet that friend you’ve been planning to meet for months. All the nostalgia, the good vibes can help you relax. Interacting on a one-on-one basis, indulging in talks that don’t concern work or anything specific can really uplift your mood and keep you refreshed. Venting out your emotions or seeking advice from a trusted friend can also help you handle work stress or life in general.

Read a book/watch something meaningful

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Cuddling in a warm blanket and reading a book can never go wrong. If you are someone who doesn’t like books, you can also watch something meaningful. Any or both of these activities will effectively help reduce stress and make you feel better. Just make sure you pick something light!

Listen to music

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Music has been proven to be a stress buster. Make yourself a nice playlist and listen to it while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. Just take out time to be mindful, listening to music, focusing on the beats and just enjoying the moment. You can even sing along and make it a more happening routine. 

These were some of our self-care activities that can help reduce stress and help you cultivate better routines. Make sure to take out some ‘me-time’, in a day or once a week, as and when suits you best. These activities will help you set the tone for the entire week.

Hectic schedules can really take a toll on us women. Taking out time to unwind and relax is a great way to give your individuality a boost. You never know you can even find something that you really look forward to, at the end of your day. We hope you could take away something that you liked from the above list. Let us know if you have a different/better way to de-stress. We would love to know your views.

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