Self-care can be defined by the term itself – caring for yourself. Self-care includes anything you do to keep yourself healthy. Self-care is especially important during busy times, especially if you’re considering longevity. Self-care practices are often the first thing to become neglected when we find ourselves in challenging situations. It is important to keep self-care top of mind and not an after-thought, especially when we find ourselves in challenging times.
Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more.
Physical Self Care
- Prioritize sleep by going to bed earlier or sleeping in
- Mindful movement: choose an activity by listening to your body
- Take a break, maybe this is a cup of tea or listening to music
- Go outside to connect with nature
- Add something small and special in your daily routine that brings joy
Emotional Self Care
- Feel gratitude or appreciation for the world around you
- Ask for help when you need it
- Choose to be present in the moment when with loved ones or pets
- Reframe critical thoughts with self-compassion
- Take a mental break, spend a few minutes without distraction
- Mindful breathing: choose to slow your breath
- Schedule time to do an activity you enjoy