Make Self-Care a Priority

We get it, you don’t want to add yet another thing to your ever-growing to-do list. However, self-care isn’t just another item to check off. It’s a way to recharge your batteries so that you’re able to tackle everything else with renewed energy and focus. Plus, it doesn’t have to take long or be expensive there are plenty of self-care options that are quick and free. 

Especially during this challenging time of COVID-19, self-care can seem selfish, but it’s really the opposite. When you take care of yourself, you have more capacity to take care of others. So make it a priority!

It’s important to make sure your physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are all met, so if you can identify one area you know needs work, start there. Set aside a small amount of time and space in your day, and try out one of the self-care recommendations listed below. Then, try something new the next day. It may take some trial and error to see which form of self-care you are in need of, but we promise that it will be worth it. 

Take Care of Your Body

Listen and respond to what your body needs. Are you missing out on sleep? Self-care could be catching some extra Z’s. Or, consider your diet is your body craving some healthy fruits and veggies? What you consume can have a major impact on how you feel. Lastly, don’t forget about exercise it’s a great stress reliever, and your body will thank you for working out.

Hang Out with Furry Friends

Another way to practice self-care is to spend some time with your pets. There are a variety of health benefits associated with hanging out with animals (especially dogs). Additionally, it can be rewarding simply to care for something else, even if it’s just a plant. 

Visit the Great Outdoors

Don’t underestimate the value of getting outdoors as a form of self-care. From reducing stress to fighting fatigue, there are a plethora of health benefits to going outside. Throw in some physical activity like gardening or a walk, and you’re doubling up on that self-care goodness.

Practice Mindfulness, Meditation, & Gratitude

Mindfulness is the practice of being in the moment and doing only one thing at a time. This is a great self-care strategy for those that are short on time all you have to do is focus in! Concentrate on your breath, and notice what you’re doing whether that’s going for a walk, eating dinner, or doing the dishes.

Another way to find focus is through meditation and deep breathing. Again, this doesn’t have to be complicated find a spot, download a guided meditation app, and try it out for a few minutes. 

Feeling like you’re focused on the negative lately? One way to switch things up is to keep a gratitude journal. Write down three things you’re grateful for every day (and avoid repeating things get creative about the little things you’re grateful for). 

Smile and Laugh

Finally, put on a smile and let out a laugh even if you aren’t feeling like it. The feel-good effect is similar to authentic smiles or laughter, so give it a try for a quick mood booster!

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