This month is going to be about Self-Care and ways to take care of YOU.
Self-care is care provided for you, by you. It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.
Everyone knows that if you are on an airplane and an oxygen mask drops in front of you, you are supposed to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It is also one of the easiest things to forget. But you benefit greatly from self-care and so do others in your life.
Practicing self-care does not have to cost much. In fact there are many things that you can do that are free or affordable. Make a date with yourself. Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you.
-Read books you enjoy.
-Watch a movie.
-Paint or write something that lets out your creative energy.
-Learn something new, research something you’re interested in.
-Take a class for fun.
-Take a quick nap. Only 10 to 20 minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.
-Eat something you enjoy.
-Enjoy a long bath or shower.
-Stretch or do Yoga.
-Run or walk for a few minutes to get your heart rate up.
-Touch a pet. If you don’t have one, go to the park or animal shelter and ask to touch one.
-Give your body comfort. Pick something from your wardrobe that feels great next to your skin.
-Use lotion or a product that makes you happy.
-Spend time with real friends and other people who lift you up.
-Talk openly with a trusted friend.
-Sit outside with a warm coffee and listen to the birds.
-Practice breathing exercises.
-Make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet.
-Listen to music you enjoy.
-Plant a garden.
Did you hear about Self-Care Day? If you missed this one, we hope you’ll join us at the next one this Spring!
No worries though! For now, we’ll be sending Self-Care tips in your email box all month long so make sure to check out these emails weekly for some encouragement and ideas on how to take care of you.