10 Minutes for You: Self-Care for Autistic Adults and Parents

10 Minutes for You: Starting Small for Self-Care

Years ago, 10 minutes to myself sounded ridiculous. How could 10 minutes possibly help?

The Power of Starting Small: Building Courage and Reducing Guilt

Well, first of all, you have to start somewhere.

Those of us who resist self-care, those of us who roll our eyes at the suggestion or believe we don’t possibly have the time, must start small.

Surprising Benefits of 10-Minute Self-Care Activities

I’ll tell you a secret, too. Taking care of ourselves 10 minutes at a time eventually increases our courage (and lessens our misplaced guilt) to make bigger changes.

If you need a break but don’t know what to do, consider something on this list. I encourage you to try at least one activity that raises your eyebrow because you may be surprised about how it makes you feel.

Ideas for 10-Minute Self-Care Activities

  1. Take a drive.
  2. Take a walk without your phone.
  3. Take a walk with your phone and photograph lovely things. (Turn off your notifications.)
  4. Ride a bike.
  5. Stretch.
  6. Sit or stand barefoot in the grass.
  7. Listen to nature. Step outside and pay attention to what you hear.
  8. Lie down.
  9. Hide in your closet.
  10. Make a list of what you can delegate to others.
  11. Listen to music that makes you happy.
  12. Listen to music that relaxes you.
  13. Dance.
  14. Do or watch something that makes you laugh.
  15. Take a shower or bath.
  16. Draw. Doodle. Color.
  17. Do a “brain dump” and write everything you’re thinking.
  18. Chop vegetables. (The rhythmic motion can feel great! Bonus: You can get out aggression.)
  19. Read 1 chapter of a book.
  20. Read a poem.
  21. Do a jigsaw puzzle.
  22. Slowly savor a cup of tea / coffee / hot chocolate.
  23. Practice something you want to learn. (Needlework, calligraphy, photography, painting, gardening, skateboarding, coding, bread-making… whatever your heart desires! Perfection is not the goal.)

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