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What is Self-Care?

Self-care is a term that is often used but can be difficult to define. In general, self-care refers to our actions to care for our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. This can include everything from getting enough sleep and exercise to eating healthy foods and managing stress. It also includes all the small decisions we make daily.

Is there a specific approach to self-care?

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to self-care, some basic principles can help us all live healthier, happier lives. For this article, we will focus on the basic principles.

Self-care is often misunderstood as being selfish, perhaps carrying a sense of guilt when you take time to actually care for your own well-being. However, self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and everyone around you. It supports you in being physically and emotionally healthy, which in turn allows you to be more successful and productive.

You can do many different self-care activities, but there are some basic principles to consider. First, allow self-care to be something you enjoy and look forward to considering in every choice you make. Taking into account how you feel and what supports you in feeling well mentally, physically, and emotionally. Second, self-care can be considered a regular and consistent commitment to yourself and truly honoring what it is that supports you. If it becomes a part of your daily nourishment you won't just consider it when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Lastly, self-care is as unique as you are and is something you can create and tailor to your individual needs.

What steps can I take to start a habit of self-care?

Here are a few ideas - easy self-care habits to incorporate into your daily routine to get you started.

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast to energize you and set the tone for the rest of the day. Make time for 15-20 minutes of meditation and 20-30 minutes of exercise, dancing while you get ready for the day, a brisk walk around your neighborhood, or bouncing on your trampoline.

In the evening, begin early to create a restful atmosphere for yourself. Relax and prepare for bedtime by disconnecting from electronic screens. Consider listening to music, sitting in nature, reading, or journaling. Establishing a restful atmosphere and regular sleep schedule may support you in easing into deep rest and high-quality sleep.

These simple self-care habits can go a long way with the addition of your unique way of making them a reality and ultimately make a big difference in how you feel each day.

If any of these ideas inspire you to consider how focusing on your self-care can impact your well-being, please let me know. It's inspiring to me and to others to understand what others may do to care for themselves. Together, we can support one another in making self-care a non-negotiable and the true priority it deserves to be in our daily lives.

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