30 minute self-care ideas for busy people

I know what you’re thinking, that you don’t have time to add anything else to your day. The good news is that we have some 30-minute self-care ideas that anyone can fit into their daily routine.

We all lead crazy, busy lives, rushing from one place to another, and it can be so tough to find the time needed to take care of ourselves. But self-care is so important to your mental and physical wellbeing.

However, you don ‘t need hours to spare, just carving out just 30 minutes a day can make a world of difference to your mental and physical health. This might mean getting up 30 minutes earlier of a morning, watching one less episode on Netflix, or using your lunchbreak more effectively.

Once you have managed to work out where you can find this precious extra half an hour, here are some effective self-care ideas you can easily do in 30 minutes or less:

Try Meditation

Meditation can sound a bit daunting to first timers but it’s a powerful self-care tool that can help you relax, reduce stress, and improve focus. It’s easier than it sounds and you can do it anywhere, at home, at your desk, sat on a park bench or in the car, wherever is quiet and you can grab some free time.

You can learn how to meditate online or simply sit in your quiet space, clear your mind as much as possible and focus on breathing in and out for 10-15 minutes.

Take a walk

My go to self-care activity in a busy day is to go for a quick walk, especially when I’ve been sat at my desk working for a long period of time. Getting some fresh air and moving your body is a great way to alleviate stress and clear your mind. The beauty of walking is that you can take your 30-minute walk during lunch break, before or after work, while doing your errands.

Listen to music

Another self-care activity that can be done alongside other tasks when you’re really busy. Music has a positive effect on our mood and can help you to relax. So put on your favourite playlist, or stream some calming music online, and let the music soothe your nerves and put a smile on your face.

Catch up with a loved one

Being social with loved ones is important for our mental health. Call up a friend or family member and catch up on life. Even just a short conversation can provide a significant boost to your mood and can be done while you are walking, driving, or even doing your boring household chores such as ironing.

Take a power nap

I love a power nap in the afternoon – well I do live in Spain, home of the siesta! If you feel tired or overwhelmed, a short 20-30 minute power nap can really help you to recharge. Get comfortable, set a timer, and take an uninterrupted nap to help ease stress and improve your focus for the rest of the day.

Practice gratitude

Practicing gratitude has a positive impact on our mental health. Take some time out of your day to reflect on the positives in your life. This can help shift your focus to the good things in your life and improve your overall outlook. If you have the time you can write these down, but if not just taking some time to think happy thoughts is enough to improve your mood.

Read a book or a magazine

A favourite hobby of mine, reading is a great way to relax and escape from the stress of everyday life. Set aside 30 minutes each day to read a book or a magazine that interests you. If you think you don’t have time time to read, why not load some Kindle books on your phone and instead of scrolling social media spend some time reading instead. I find this especially useful when I find myself waiting around for my daughter!

Take a bath

You need to get clean anyway, so why not use that time wisely and spend a few extra minutes on taking care of yourself. A warm bath with some essential oils or bath salts is a fantastic way to help you unwind and relax. Light some candles, add some soft music, and soak for 20-30 minutes to soothe your mind and body. If you find it hard to keep still, take your book into the bath with you.

Practice a hobby

Spending time on hobbies that you enjoy can be a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood. Plus it takes your mind off any worries or anxieties. Creative hobbies are perfect for this, take 30 minutes to do something like knitting, drawing, or painting. If you’re short of time because you have kids, why not do a creative activity together.

Practice deep breathing

Deep breathing exercises can help you manage stress and reduce anxiety and can be done anywhere. Take 5-10 minutes to practice deep breathing techniques like counting your breaths or using a guided breathing app such as Breathwrk.

Self-care is such an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and even a little bit of time each day can really help to improve your happiness levels. With these 30-minute self-care ideas, you can easily manage your stress levels and improve your overall wellbeing. Practice them daily, and you’ll notice the positive changes in your mood, productivity and relationships.