“Don’t commit to a whole big pampering routine,” says Minna Lee, a wellness entrepreneur, health coach, and content creator who has mastered the art of the quick, easy, and inexpensive self-care routine.
For Lee — a self-diagnosed multitasker — taking care of herself means doing only one thing at a time, even if it’s only for a few minutes. She’ll drink her morning coffee with her phone in the other room or apply a facemask and just sit there for 15 minutes, fighting her natural urge to be productive in some way.“ I actually use [a facemask] that hardens so I can’t talk or eat at the same time,” she laughs.
Foam rolling is another favorite.“You can’t do THAT while you’re on your phone,” she says. Plus, according to Lee, who is also a certified personal trainer, from a myofascial therapy point of view, “massage and foam rolling are essentially the same thing.” Lee recommends covering larger areas with the foam roller and doing slow rolls, starting with the glutes and then moving to the legs and hitting the upper back area last.
Like so many things, this novel approach to self-care was born out of necessity. “When I was first launching my startup I didn’t have money or time. That’s what forced me to think: What’s something I can do in 15 or 20 minutes to make me feel like I won’t explode?” she says.
When her schedule is particularly hectic, she says she holds on tight to the littlest things that allow her to prioritize herself: “For someone who’s constantly jumping around, it’s nice to have to stay in one lane for once, even if it’s for 15 minutes.”
How to do it: If you’re in need of a little self-care, don’t go straight to planing a spa trip or full-day wellness marathon. Instead, lean on the quick, cheap, and easy practices that force you to slow down. Do them one at a time. Simply enjoying a cup of of coffee without the presence of your phone can be a quick way to add some peace to a hectic morning.
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