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Easy Self-Care During Busy, Stressful Times

Self-care can feel much easier when life itself is going easier, but what about times when you’re busy or going through a stressful period? What about the holiday months, when you’ve got errands and engagements to attend back to back?

In this article I’ll share some tips on how you can easily fit in self-care during these times that will help you to breathe a little better and feel reset.

Easy self-care tips for times when life is busy, hectic or hard. #selfcareblogger #selfcareblog #selfcaretips #dwellinmagic #selfcare

Self-care for busy people

Holidays or not, I get a lot of readers asking for self-care tips for busy lifestyles. Some people are busy all the time. Other times we get into busier seasons of our lives or go through stressful events and self-care seems to go out the window.

Unfortunately, it’s during these times that self-care is so crucial!

One myth I’d like to dispel before I begin is that self-care doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process.

Self-care needs to be sprinkled throughout your day, with you honoring where you’re at and giving yourself what you need to the best of your ability.

So many people put self-care off until they have “time” because they have a vision of what self-care “needs” to look like, but that time doesn’t come and they find themselves hitting rock bottom emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

You don’t have to let yourself get to that place.

Change your perception of self-care (the one that society says is face masks and expensive spa trips).

Let go of your perfectionism (self-care is a long list of must-do’s that I need to check off or else it wasn’t self-care).

Shift into a mindset that self-care is the smalls things–the quiet, still moments here and there that you can take for yourself to bring yourself back into alignment.

Here are some quick, easy self-care ideas for those times when life feels too overwhelming to fit in self-care.

Honor your needs

When life is swirling around you and things are coming at you back to back, simply ask yourself what do I need in this moment?

Usually my first response to that question when I’m stressed is something like “I need a damn drink.” So, I hear ya! But stay with the question past your first sarcastic answer.

Is it a shower? To go to bed early? Take a breather? Ask for help? Take a technology break? Clean your space?

No matter where you are, there are ways to find a moment of reprieve. You just have to get creative.

At work, I used to go into the bathroom for the silence or go on a walk around the building. At home with kids I would close the blinds and put on their favorite movie.

And no matter where I am, a snack and some water usually helps!

You can always find small ways in the midst of chaos to honor what you’re needing. So ask yourself this question frequently and try to honor it as best you can in the moment.

Create a self-care basket

One of my favorite ways to make self-care easy and consistent is to create a self-care basket kept in a convenient place. Mine sits in the living room since I’m in there a lot.

Self-care basket, makes self-care easy

I’ve basically got my mindset binder, journal, tablet for ebooks, daily book for a short read, headphones, oracles cards, and sacred spray.

The spray can instantly turn my little recliner chair into what feels like sacred space and I love having these items that I can easily pull out if I find myself with a free moment.

I wrote an article here sharing what’s in my moon binder which is similar to my mindset one. I only have two binders, I swear! They both essentially hold my self-care and mindset worksheets in them, which you can find in my shop.

Stage your bedroom

Your bedroom is your reprieve from the world and it really helps when you treat it as such. When I’m going to have a crazy day, one of my favorite things to do is to prepare my room for when I get back.

I get the bed ready–not made–but ready for me to slip into. Get the sheets untangled and straightened but then pull them back halfway like you’re about to get into bed. Fluff the pillows and arrange them nicely.

I pick up stuff around my room, I’ll even quickly dust with a tissue or a sock I’m about to put in the hamper anyway…quick cleaning!

When I get back home, I’ll turn on the string lights I have in my bedroom so the lighting is low and spritz my bed with some sort of essential oil spray, like a sage or lavender, to help the space feel cleared and soothing.

I cannot tell you what a difference this makes for me to be able to come back after a hectic day with a bedroom that is clean and waiting for me.

Make the most of your showers/baths

Most of us are busy but all of us have to bathe! Which means we’re spending about 10-20 minutes in the bathroom every day. Turn those 10-20 minutes into a detoxing session, and by detoxing I mean detoxing emotionally and mentally.

I also have string lights in my bathroom and a little oil warmer light for the extra lighting. I never ever use overhead lighting when I take my showers and I swear it was also a game changer for me.

Bathroom self-care ideas

Throughout the day we pick up and carry with us the emotions of others. We’re constantly stimulated by bright lights and constant noise. When you bathe it’s a chance to de-stimulate yourself from the day (if you bathe at night).

The other thing I do while in the shower is listen to something on my phone, like a podcast that helps to realign me or something on YouTube that inspires me.

There are lots of self-care podcasts (I’ve got one coming for ya!) and one of my favorite people to listen to on YouTube is Abraham Hicks.

De-stimulate your mind and body, and spend that time taking in good stuff that helps to shift your energy and mood.

Essential oil sprays & crystal jewelry

I absolutely love essential oil sprays and crystal jewelry because they are the ultimate self-care on-the-go items.

My essential oil collection I’ve mostly gotten from a monthly spiritual box I receive called Goddess Provisions. That’s where I’ve also collected a lot of my little crystal jewelry items too actually.

I have an onyx bracelet that I like to wear when I go out. Onyx is a very grounding, energy protecting stone.

Even if you don’t believe in the energy of stones, it serves as a reminder of how you intend to feel. Every time I’m in a social situation, I’ll touch the bracelet and be reminded that I’m grounded, calm and safe.

As I mentioned spritzing my bed with essential oil sprays, I also love spritzing myself throughout the day as a pick-me-up.

They’re easy to keep in a purse and you can also get essential oil roll-ons. Those are even better when you’re not at home because you can just roll them onto your wrists.

Again, I also get these in my monthly box from Goddess Provisions that I linked above.

How I set up my self-care space #selfcarespace #selfcarealtar #meditationspace #witchythings #selfcareblogger #selfcareblog #selfcaretips #sacredselfcare #dwellinmagic #altar #sacredspace #sacredspaceideas #selfcareideas

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas for easy self-care when life is hectic or hard. Or for during the holidays, because I think that counts for both!

I can easily find myself busy and stressed this time of year. It really helps to keep self-care easy and accessible by doing small things for myself throughout the day.

Let me know how you incorporate self-care during the busy times of life–I’d love to hear some new ideas!

If you’d like my new 2019 Moon Calendar and to stay updated on new self-care blog posts, trade me your email and I’ll send you some goodies.

Come join the Dwell in Magic Facebook group for more weekly self-care inspiration, and hop over on Instagram for a peek into my self-care routines and rituals on my Insta stories.

Lots of love,

Jessica


Jessica Dimas is the creator of Manifesting Magic with the Moon. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration and updates.

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  1. I am purchasing the Manafesting with the Moon but am interested in how you set up your Mindset binder /planner. As the New Year approaches please consider sharing with us how we can set one of these up for ourselves.

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I have binge read so many of your posts in the last few days! I've been trying so hard to heal my soul, and I feel like you're introducing me to the tools and techniques to finally do that! Thank you so much!

Melanie D.

2019-03-28T15:54:56-04:00

Melanie D.

I have binge read so many of your posts in the last few days! I've been trying so hard to heal my soul, and I feel like you're introducing me to the tools and techniques to finally do that! Thank you so much!

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N.F.

2019-03-29T17:03:23-04:00

N.F.

Hi Jessica. Hope you are well. I have just got your manifesting magic with the moon worksheet and I LOVE IT,THANK YOU.

I have a dedicated album for sacred self-care & I'm posting a bunch of your blog posts and links in them because you are my absolute favourite!! I found you a couple of years ago and started with your "anything can be" bundle and I've been following you ever since and love your stuff ❤Thank you for what you do and for sharing your knowledge with the world!!!

Sandra

2019-03-29T17:05:31-04:00

Sandra

I have a dedicated album for sacred self-care & I'm posting a bunch of your blog posts and links in them because you are my absolute favourite!! I found you a couple of years ago and started with your "anything can be" bundle and I've been following you ever since and love your stuff Thank you for what you do and for sharing your knowledge with the world!!!

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C.E.

2019-03-29T17:08:33-04:00

C.E.

Wow, is all I can say. Your blog made me realize that I am 100% an empath. It explains SO MUCH. I am in shock. I've been researching it for four hours now, and I'm just blown away with the answers and validation that I am experiencing. Everything is all making sense now thanks to you. THANK YOU.

Hi Jessica, I have recently discovered your work and I love every word you write. I purchased the Self Care for moms and I am working towards setting up this sacred space and time in between the chaotic time I have currently being a full time working mother and also expecting my second baby in May.

Jisha

2019-03-29T17:12:20-04:00

Jisha

Hi Jessica, I have recently discovered your work and I love every word you write. I purchased the Self Care for moms and I am working towards setting up this sacred space and time in between the chaotic time I have currently being a full time working mother and also expecting my second baby in May.

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Tracy

2019-03-29T17:13:30-04:00

Tracy

Thank you so very much for the gorgeous moon calendar!  A lot of time and love went into it–hugely appreciated!

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2019-03-29T17:14:26-04:00

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Rhyne

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Julie

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2019-03-29T17:17:39-04:00

Monique

Hi Jessica! Just wanted to write & say thank you for your 7 Day Bootcamp! I just love it and have implemented morning and evening self-care routines and maintained them for a few weeks. I also have Sacred Self-Care which I can't wait to dive into. Thank you for your blog and courses, they are just wonderful.

I'm a new blogger and found your blog planner a couple weeks back. I instantly fell in love with it, it was everything I was looking for and more. I have a horrible habit of buying planners and never using them, until I bought this one. I always have it next to me when I blog and I'm constantly pulling it out to add things to it.

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2019-03-29T17:19:42-04:00

Christina

I'm a new blogger and found your blog planner a couple weeks back. I instantly fell in love with it, it was everything I was looking for and more. I have a horrible habit of buying planners and never using them, until I bought this one. I always have it next to me when I blog and I'm constantly pulling it out to add things to it.

If you don't have Jessica's Manifesting Magic with the Moon worksheets, I highly recommend you invest in them! They help me so much and are easy to follow!!

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2019-03-29T17:22:38-04:00

Kristy L.

If you don't have Jessica's Manifesting Magic with the Moon worksheets, I highly recommend you invest in them! They help me so much and are easy to follow!!

Jessica, you're the first person that really inspired me to take care of myself. In 2016 I really wanted to do daily practices, but I never did it. Reading your words made me give it a try. Thank you so, so much for all of this.

Amanda

2019-03-29T17:23:34-04:00

Amanda

Jessica, you're the first person that really inspired me to take care of myself. In 2016 I really wanted to do daily practices, but I never did it. Reading your words made me give it a try. Thank you so, so much for all of this.

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2019-03-29T17:24:24-04:00

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Hi Jessica, I've been following you for ages on Instagram and have more recently been finding your group so useful.. so thank you.

Louise

2019-03-29T17:01:17-04:00

Louise

Hi Jessica, I've been following you for ages on Instagram and have more recently been finding your group so useful.. so thank you.

I have purchased both the Anything Can Be bundle and the 7 Day Mini Manifesting Boot Camp. Both are so helpful in prompting me to write out my thoughts and to focus. The worksheets are beautiful, and they have become a calming ritual. I bookend my days with candles glowing and pen in hand.

Sandy

2019-03-29T16:59:19-04:00

Sandy

I have purchased both the Anything Can Be bundle and the 7 Day Mini Manifesting Boot Camp. Both are so helpful in prompting me to write out my thoughts and to focus. The worksheets are beautiful, and they have become a calming ritual. I bookend my days with candles glowing and pen in hand.

Hey Jessica! I have been following you for some time now. Your work is inspiring and resonates with me so much! Your posts on self care have influenced a lot of what I do now and helped me really get into intentional self care. I believe what you offer is so needed in today's world.

Odessa

2019-03-29T16:58:31-04:00

Odessa

Hey Jessica! I have been following you for some time now. Your work is inspiring and resonates with me so much! Your posts on self care have influenced a lot of what I do now and helped me really get into intentional self care. I believe what you offer is so needed in today's world.

Without Jessica's worksheets and the whole bundle that is, I would be so lost, unorganized & frustrated. She has created such an awesome platform for even the newbie like me just getting started. Thank you Jessica!

E.M.

2019-03-29T16:33:49-04:00

E.M.

Without Jessica's worksheets and the whole bundle that is, I would be so lost, unorganized & frustrated. She has created such an awesome platform for even the newbie like me just getting started. Thank you Jessica!

Ahhhh LOVE this! You're so inspiring. I just ordered your Moon Manifesting workbook last night and I'm really loving it from what I've seen, planning to dive in with the full moon worksheets Friday and moving forward! Super appreciate the amazing art and wisdom that you contribute! Keep rocking it, beautiful!!

Stephanie

2019-03-29T16:36:49-04:00

Stephanie

Ahhhh LOVE this! You're so inspiring. I just ordered your Moon Manifesting workbook last night and I'm really loving it from what I've seen, planning to dive in with the full moon worksheets Friday and moving forward! Super appreciate the amazing art and wisdom that you contribute! Keep rocking it, beautiful!!

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Rosie

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2019-03-29T16:39:05-04:00

S.E.

Just bought the Manifesting with the Moon worksheet bundle! I've felt drawn to it for while now. Just in time for tomorrow's full moon!! Thank you <3

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Frances

2019-03-29T16:40:26-04:00

Frances

Omg the moon worksheets are my fav!!! A friend asked if it was a course and I was like it's a self-taught course but the pages are self-guided and I love it!!

Hi love! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your beautiful moon worksheets! I purchased it over the weekend and I am so excited to get into it!!

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2019-03-29T16:41:06-04:00

Laura E.

Hi love! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your beautiful moon worksheets! I purchased it over the weekend and I am so excited to get into it!!

Hey Jess :) been doing your worksheets and loving them!

Kelly J.

2019-03-29T16:41:51-04:00

Kelly J.

Hey Jess :) been doing your worksheets and loving them!

Hi, just wanted to tell you your blog is wonderful and in a span of 10 minutes gave me answers to two questions I had. Truly magical.

Christina

2019-03-29T16:42:37-04:00

Christina

Hi, just wanted to tell you your blog is wonderful and in a span of 10 minutes gave me answers to two questions I had. Truly magical.

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2019-03-29T16:44:11-04:00

Dakota

Hi! I'm a hugggge fan, you are such an inspiration and a huge motivator! Thanks for being such an amazing person in today's world.

Seriously your words are thoughts my mind craves!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful knowledge! Please know you're helping change my life for the better with your posts!!!

S.F.

2019-03-29T16:45:05-04:00

S.F.

Seriously your words are thoughts my mind craves!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful knowledge! Please know you're helping change my life for the better with your posts!!!

Hi Jessica! I wanted to thank you for being so amazing. I have been struggling with panic and anxiety now for some time and have been trying to self heal with some of the strategies you use. I'm 10 days without a panic attack, I'm slowly getting there.

Kellie M.

2019-03-29T16:46:43-04:00

Kellie M.

Hi Jessica! I wanted to thank you for being so amazing. I have been struggling with panic and anxiety now for some time and have been trying to self heal with some of the strategies you use. I'm 10 days without a panic attack, I'm slowly getting there.

Hello Jessica. I just wanted to let you know that your seven day mini manifesting boot camp has helped me a lot and I am only on day two!

Jen

2019-03-29T16:52:03-04:00

Jen

Hello Jessica. I just wanted to let you know that your seven day mini manifesting boot camp has helped me a lot and I am only on day two!

Thank u thank u thank u so much for being so caring and considerate I would have slept with a heavy heart today had I not received your reply. I love reading your articles cause they are easy flowing, not too hard on the brain. Life seems so simple and so amazingly beautiful in your articles. Keep inspiring 👍

Anjum

2019-03-29T16:54:52-04:00

Anjum

Thank u thank u thank u so much for being so caring and considerate I would have slept with a heavy heart today had I not received your reply. I love reading your articles cause they are easy flowing, not too hard on the brain. Life seems so simple and so amazingly beautiful in your articles. Keep inspiring 

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Suchi

2019-03-30T14:16:12-04:00

Suchi

Hi! I first found you on Pinterest and from there started following your Instagram page. I truly appreciate your work that focuses on well-being of self & others. Also it gives peace and positive vibes. Keep shining and spreading the magic!