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With our busy lives, taking care of ourselves is more important than ever—yet it’s often the last thing on our minds. We have to meet that deadline, use break time to run errands, accomplish all the items on our list. We all know the negative impact on our health that stress can have. Let’s find some balance and consider how well you are taking care of yourself.
What do you do when you are upset or feeling hopeless? Talking about the situation with a friend, family member or even a therapist can help put things into perspective. Listen to and respect your feelings.
Do you always try to control things? Perhaps it is time to let go of the way things used to be and accept the way things are. Put your energy into things that will benefit you. Don’t demand perfection in everything that you do.
Every day do something physical even if it’s just a walk around the block, getting up from your desk to stretch or a 15-minute workout.
Eating healthfully is a good basic self-care activity. Take the time to enjoy your meals and don’t eat on the run. Set aside work, driving and other activities while eating.
Think positively. View problems as opportunities and obstacles as challenges.
Say no when you need or want to. Improve your life by not letting others guilt you into doing things you don’t want to do or have time for.
Remember to breathe. Deep slow breaths. Find different breathing techniques on the internet to practice.
If experiencing physical symptoms, go to the appropriate health care professional. Don’t ignore symptoms nor stress about them until it is determined what the issue might be.
Get enough sleep most nights. Avoid screens before bedtime.
Choose healthy ways to relieve stress. Don’t rely on crutches such as smoking, drinking and overeating. Explore methods to help you relieve stress such as meditation or yoga. Self-care is a form of stress management. Find something that will help you relax and let go of the tensions in your body. Perhaps an Energy session would help?
Clear the physical clutter to help clear emotional clutter. It’s amazing how much space opens up in your life and in your brain after some tidying.
Recognize the importance of breaks during the day, as well as vacations. Take a technology break. Perhaps listen to music. Taking breaks helps you avoid burnout, gain new fresh perspectives on things and improves your mental health.
Remember to practice self-care and your body and mind will thank you. What new self-care practices can you begin? Or perhaps you’ve gotten busy and gotten out of the habit of self-care. Take the time to renew your relationship with self-care. You deserve to treat yourself in this holiday season.