Self-Care

How To Get Better At Self-Care Using The Power Hour Method

No, my friends. We’re not talking about the power hour drinking game. We’re talking about a power hour that’s going to improve your well-being in 60 minutes or less. An alternate title for this post could have been How To Make Yourself Want To Get Up In The Morning because this method is going to get you pumped to get out of bed as soon as you wake up. Seems like a long shot, right?
If you feel like you don't have time for self care, the Power Hour method is the simplest and quickest way to start a self-care routine! Click to read more about the power hour method.Those of us who aren’t morning people and have to be dragged out of bed are going to be especially skeptical. I have been that person for the majority of my life.

But not only will this method help you get out of bed, it will give you time to take care of yourself and start a self-care routine (because how many of us can’t seem to find the time for this?). It’s also perfect for those of us who aren’t totally down with the morning routine thing because you like a little variety in life (me, again).

Before I reveal all of my secrets to you, let’s just talk about mornings for a second.

Why do mornings suck so much?

If you feel like you don't have time for self care, the Power Hour method is the simplest and quickest way to start a self care routine! Click to read more about the power hour method.

Raise your hand if any of these things describe you:

  • You’re constantly snoozing your alarm
  • You’re always running late to work
  • You feel like you have no time to do anything in the morning

I raised my hand for literally all of these things. For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been finding it really difficult to get up in the morning without snoozing my alarm. And I mean snoozing for like a whole extra hour. I realized that there was one huge factor contributing to this: I had nothing to be enthusiastic about in the mornings. My morning routine (or lack thereof) just wasn’t doing it for me.

I think the number one reason we have trouble getting out of bed in the morning is that we don’t have anything to look forward to.

Luckily, my friends, I’ve come across a method that has totally changed my mindset. I found a way to get myself pumped up about waking up in the morning with the added bonus of taking care of my health at the same time *insert fist pump emoji*

The Power Hour Method

If you feel like you don't have time for self care, the Power Hour method is the simplest and quickest way to start a self care routine! Click to read more about the power hour method.So how do you break your alarm snoozing habits and develop a self-care routine at the same time? You start by devoting 20 minutes to your mind, 20 minutes to your body, and 20 minutes to your soul in order to take care of yourself in just one hour. It’s like a power hour for your well-being!

I’ve seen a few people talk about this, namely Jess Lively who calls them Private Victories, but I don’t think it’s a particularly well-known method. I wanted to give it a try to see if it’s doable, while also tweaking it to work for my interests and renaming it the Power Hour Method (because that sounds pretty epic, right?)

The verdict? This shit is the real deal.

At first I was like, Do I really have to get up an extra hour to do this? But strangely enough, when you’re excited about something and know it’s going to improve your mood, it makes getting up a lot easier.

I feel like I’m more productive, my stress levels decrease, and my outlook is more positive when I start my day this way.

What are the benefits?

By doing something every day for your mind, you give your brain the opportunity to stop thinking about the future and instead stay in the present.

By doing something every day for your body, you improve your overall well-being and give yourself more energy throughout the day.

By doing something every day for your soul, you expand your knowledge, gain new skills, and make time for what makes you happiest.

How The Power Hour Works
If you feel like you don't have time for self care, the Power Hour method is the simplest and quickest way to start a self care routine! Click to read more about the power hour method.Choose Three Activities

Start by choosing three activities from the list below for your mind, body, and soul. You can also think about activities you love or want to try that may not be on the list.

Set Aside Time

Set aside an hour in the morning to try this. It may seem impossible to wake up an hour earlier, but the goal is to find activities that are exciting and enjoyable enough to you that you don’t mind losing that extra hour of sleep. You could also go in baby steps and just focus on one area (mind, body, or soul) for 20 minutes each day.

Start The Timer

Do each activity for 20 minutes. Time yourself. You don’t have to go in any particular order, just choose the thing that excites you the most first. For me, I usually like to wake up and either read or write, then I’ll do some yoga, and then I’ll listen to a podcast or watch a video.

P.S. You totally don’t have to do this in the morning or in one big chunk. You can span it throughout the day or do it before bed. I personally think it’s the best strategy to get excited about waking up.

Examples of Activities
Mind

Meditation

Reading a fiction book

Journaling

Coloring

Sudoku

Learning a language

Body

Walking

Yoga

Dancing

Non-running cardio

Pilates

Stretching

Soul

Playing an instrument

Listening to a podcast

Reading a non-fiction book

Watching a TED talk

Baking or cooking

Starting a DIY project

If you want even more ideas, my post with 30 goal ideas to nourish your mind, body, and soul should help you out! You’ll probably find that a few things can cross-over and be placed in more than one category. It’s up to you how you interpret each activity.

The Power Hour Worksheet
If you feel like you don't have time for self care, the Power Hour method is the simplest and quickest way to start a self-care routine! Click to read more about the power hour method.

To make this process even easier, I put together a worksheet for you to print out so you can keep track of your activities for 7 days! You can plan these out ahead of time, or just write down each activity as you complete them. You also don’t have to do something new every day. If you want to write every day, do it – but if you want to try writing one day and meditating the next, that’s cool too!

Get your self-care worksheet!

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Your Challenge

Because this method has helped me enormously to take better care of myself, I think it will really benefit you too! I challenge you to grab the worksheet and try the Power Hour Method for 7 days! See if it gets you excited about waking up, squeezing in exercise without hating it, and makes you feel more motivated and inspired in your days. Give it a go and let me know if you’re a fan!

What are you going to try to squeeze in using the Power Hour Method?

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! The Blissful Mind is your guide to being the calmest, healthiest, most productive version of yourself. Whether you're trying to slow down, de-stress, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little less complicated.
  • I am definetly not a morning person, but i want to be so I am excited to try this out!

    • I love that you want to be a morning person! Some people are so opposed to it haha. I’m sort of an in-betweener – I like to wake up early but some days I just need to sleep in.

  • Whoa!!! I love how you break it down to mind, body and soul. That is such a good way to warm up for the day! I’m pinning this and going to try this!

  • This is fantastic, I’m definitely going to try this out! I’ll let you know how I go :)

  • I always do this, it really sets the tone for the entire day! Thank you so much for the inspiration to keep doing this, it’s so relaxing when you aren’t rushed you just feel more ready to take on the world! xxxxx

    http://www.romantiquely.com

    • I love that you already do this! You are such a zen person haha. What are your favorite activities to do in the morning?

  • This is genius. I am definitely going to try to wake up and do this tomorrow morning! Maybe start with one or two in the morning though. Baby steps, right?! But I am absolutely inspired by this and hope to work up to it. You’re so right about having something to look forward to in the morning. Instead of thinking that when we wake up we have to go to work, shifting our perspective gives us more room and time to focus on other important things in life. Love this!

    • Baby steps, absolutely! I kept telling myself that I had to wake up and exercise ASAP, but that just felt like a chore so I never wanted to get up. Mixing exercise in after I’ve read or journaled makes it a lot more enjoyable!

  • This is brilliant! I am so downloading that worksheet for next week to try this out! :)

    xo Kitten ♥ The Howling WolfHeart

  • I’m pretty good at waking up in the morning, but I’m absolutely terrible at making myself clean! It stresses me out to slowly be chipping away at a cleaning project so I deserately need to try this! I know it would work.

    • I’m also so bad at cleaning! I can organize like a madwoman, but I just do not like to clean haha. This would be a great way to get it done though!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    What an amazing post and concept! I love this and I truly believe it rings true. When I was working at a job I didn’t LOVE, it was really hard to get up at 7:30am. Now that I’m a mom and a full-time blogger, I sometimes roll out of bed at 5:30, giddy get grab my coffee, get bloggy stuff done and see the smiling face waiting for me in his crib! ;)

    • I love this! I know that I would be much more motivated if I could work from home, but alas it is not possible just yet :)

  • This is sooo good! Every time I read your blog posts I get so excited about everything and anything! I’m so going to try this :)

  • That’s such an awesome method. As a Holistic Life Coach, I’m all for working our life from a three dimensional aspect. Thanks for sharing it!

  • I love this idea! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks =) I am really not a morning person, so that’s going to be a challenge, but let’s see what happens with those cool tips =)

  • I’ve so loved finding your blog through our link-up together and now I’m just savoring my way through your archives. I’m looking forward to trying my own Power Hour!

  • Love this so much. I’m the worst at getting up, it normally takes me 30 minutes to an hour. So having a system like this to look forward to would really help!

  • I really want to try this! I’m just worried because my usual morning routine (skincare, breakfast, coffee + pastry while catching up on blogs/youtube vidos) normally takes an hour. and i love that routine. but i want to add this, but don’t want to take 2 hours to get ready in the morning! have you tried this in smaller time increments or is 20 min the best time set up?

    • Well honestly I think you could totally count watching blogs and youtube as a soul thing since it adds a little more contentment into your day! And I think as long as you’re doing something, even for 5-10 minutes, in each category each day you’ll get tons of benefits from it :)

  • I just found this, and this is a beautiful genius way of getting self-care in! I definitely find that doing something to nourish myself first thing in the morning sets my day off on a high vibe space and that energy carries me through the day!

  • Sara Fry

    I just found your blog and I love it!! I plan on sharing it in my monthly favorites over on sarastrives.com! I may also reference some of your articles in one that I am working on. I’ll let you know! :)

  • This is something that I think would help me. Mornings are pretty brutal. I could use something to look forward to. Excited to give it a try!

  • Kelli Snider

    Heck! I just woke up better already after reading this article. (And I have yet to have my coffee!) I usually only have one good thing to look forward to, my coffee. Why not have more than one good thing to look forward to? Brilliant! I am totally trying this method! Can’t wait to start my days better. Thank you for the break down and sharing the article!

  • This is so amazing!

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Yorker

  • Lauren

    I can’t wait to try this in the morning! For the past 3 nights, I have gone to bed saying that I will wake up and do yoga. I think reading this post is the final push that I needed to ACTUALLY get up and do it. Thank you!

  • Athough I am a morning person, sometimes I have a problem to not snoozing my alarm haha. :-) I started do yoga again, which I’m really glad, because it is one of my favourite thing to do everyday. :-) But thank you for this useful tips.

    have a nice day xx
    http://www.inbluebox.com

  • Jess Acorn

    This is such a good idea, I love it! I’m definitely going to give it a try but I’ll start over the weekend to easy myself into haha

  • thatkenyanwanderer

    Such a beautiful post! Definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
    https://thatkenyanwanderer.wordpress.com/

  • Alex

    Wow I love this! Thanks for being so thorough with your writing – it’s so helpful! Definitely planning on trying this sometime soon :)

    http://www.delightedheart.com

  • Jenna Yoder

    Love this post! I started a routine similar to this about 2 months ago and the impact on my life has been significant! It amazing how starting your day off on the right foot can honestly change how you live your life! Thanks for a great post :).

  • Reet Kaur

    Love this post, looking for some inspiration and direction to make my day productive and happy. Hopefully I will be able to this.

  • Skyler Harman

    This is such a wonderful idea! I’m totally a morning person, but I find myself losing motivation and bargaining in the morning. I love the idea of getting up because you’re excited!