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Why Self-Care?

Written by: Brittany Byrd, M.A.
Why Self-Care?

Are you worn out? Stressed? Overwhelmed by the day-to-day schedules and to-do lists? In our society today, it can be hard to slow down and take time for yourself. Culture says do more and get after it! However, if we are not careful, we can burnout and forget to be present!

In order to maintain balance and, let’s face it- sanity, in life, it’s important to take care of ourselves. This is called “Self-Care.” You may wonder, “how can I have self-care?”. This is a great question and one that can be answered.

There are many ways to engage in self-care, but I will share a few examples to get you started!

  • Carve out time to be alone: It is important to have time to recharge and check in with yourself. Ask yourself, “How am I feeling?” and “How is my body feeling?”.
  • Allow yourself to relax and do what you enjoy: This is a great time to engage in something you love or try something new that excites you (ex: reading a book, starting a painting class, etc.).
  • Say “No” when you do not have the capacity: Many people feel guilty if they cannot do everything that is asked of them. However, it is okay to say “No” to some things so that you can say “Yes” to what is most important. Also, saying no can help reduce feelings of anger and resentment later on.
  • Move your body: Moving your body helps increase good-feeling hormones! This can be as simple as going on a walk, working out or stretching!
  • Eat nutritious meals: Eating clean can help with overall energy, sleep, and positive feelings
  • Take a break from technology: In today’s society, there is a constant bombardment of information. It is helpful to take breaks from TV/news media and digital devices. This will help clear the mind and can invite creativity!
  • Be easy on yourself: It is important to be aware of what you are thinking and saying to yourself. Instead of negative or unhelpful thoughts, remind yourself that you are human; you do matter, and things can get better.
  • Schedule time with friends and family: It can be easy to disconnect or overbook yourself. Remember to stay connected and seek out community. Social connection can increase emotional and physical health!

These are just a few self-care tips that can help bring balance to your daily life. You can create self-care schedules or routines with your spouse, children, and/or family! This makes it unique and fun for everyone!