Yes, now! Especially now!! We have all experienced so much change over the past month or so and it seems like every day we are waiting for more. This is making us all feel overwhelmed, frustrated and even anxious at times. This makes it the perfect time for us to be practicing self-care. When we are able to care for ourselves, we are better prepared to take care of others and to deal with situations that arise.
Self-care is a buzzword we have all heard of but what is it really? And, how do I even start? Self-care is deliberately taking control of your health. It is a plan you make to take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. Self-care is the key to a balanced life. Self-care will look a little different for each person, but trying to practice a few things from each category will help make you feel ready to tackle the day. Practice self-care daily so taking care of you becomes routine.
Taking care of your body but through an activity you enjoy. Any activity that improves the physical health of your body.
– nourish your body
– get moving- exercise, stretch
– drink more water
– get enough sleep
Becoming more in tuned with your emotions. Any activity that help you process and reflect on your emotions, to work through them and not keep them bottled up inside.
Set boundaries- be able to say no.
– practice meditation/ mindfulness
– journal thoughts and feelings
– be creative- such as painting, cooking or music
Nourishing your soul, striving for inner peace and seeking purpose. Any activity that allows you to think bigger than yourself- this does not have to be religious although for some it is.
– pray/say intentions
– write a graditude journal
– spend time with nature
– donate to a charity
Connecting with others. Any activity that strengthens our relationship with others.
– spend time with loved ones
– reconnect with an old friend
– join a class or group to meet new people
– use social media wisely
Challenging your mind and expanding your knowledge. Any activity that stimulates your intellect.
– read a book/
– learn a new skill
– unplug/ device free time
– complete projects
Completing the core aspects of your life. Any Activity that prevents future stressful situations.
– know your worth
– work/life balance
– continue to grow and develop
– create a budget
Practice self-care daily so that taking care of YOU becomes a routine. Be intentional. Make the time. Make the effort. Invest in your health. Be the best you that you can be! And, remember… taking time for you is not selfish. It is preparing you to be your best!
~ Kristen Fredericks, Wellness Coach