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Self Care – What Is It Exactly?

Self care is about taking good care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.

So why do so many of us put ourselves at the bottom of the list of priorities?

Taking care of ourselves should be at the top of the list since this allows us to be able to care for others better. It’s not selfish to want to feel amazing. When we’re at our best, we can give our best and we have more to give.  Something as simple as taking a class or enjoying a little quiet time a few times a week may be all you need.

Find what you enjoy doing and what recharges you.  How can you fit this into your schedule?  Maybe for now it can only be 30 minutes twice a week, but that’s a start. 

 22 Ways to Take Care of YOU

Check the ones that appeal to you and that you feel you can start with.

’ 1. Get enough sleep

’ 2. Take the time to prioritize your day each morning (what are the top 2-3 things you want to get done today?).

’ 3. Remember to schedule things as evenly as possible throughout the week (don’t cram too much into your days)

’ 4. Reduce time on the computer and TV

’ 5. Take deep breaths during the day

’ 6. Eat more slowly

’ 7. Connect with family and/or friends

’ 8. Take vacations (or “staycations”)

’ 9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

’ 10. Make time for yourself

’ 11. Read a book or watch a movie

’ 12. Exercise

’ 13.  Speak to yourself more kindly

’ 14.  Listen to music

’ 15.  Open your windows and blinds during the day – let in the fresh air and sunshine

’ 16.  Remember your goals and aspirations

’ 17.  Enjoy a hot bath

’ 18.  Meditate and/or do yoga

’ 19.  Get a massage or facial

’ 20.  Go on a walk

’ 21.  Focus on the positive

’ 22.  Keep a journal 

To-Do

’ List all your commitments and responsibilities. Figure out your biggest causes of stress and look at ways you can reduce it.  Just start with one thing for now if needed.

’ Evaluate your schedule and see where changes can be made to make things less hectic.

’ Make sleep a priority and be sure to get the amount you need as often as you can.  Notice how you feel when you’re more rested. 

’ Look at the list of 22 ideas for self care so you can reduce stress and take care of you.  What 3-5 things will you start with? 

 

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