I’m a believer in taking care of yourself so you can be your best and offer your best to others. To that end, I am including some self-care ideas. The main idea is to give yourself permission to take care of yourself. This is especially important during times of high stress.
- Above all else, be kind to yourself. Cultivate encouraging self-talk and silence the inner naysayer.
- Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep affects your ability to respond to life’s demands in a productive way. So catch some zzz’s but don’t stress about an occasional bad night’s sleep.
- Eat nutritionally balanced meals and eat when you are hungry. Poor nutrition compromises your brain’s ability to think clearly and your body’s ability to fight infection and manage stress.
- Breathe and pay attention to your breath. Slow, full, deep breathing gives your body much needed oxygen and slows down your heart rate. Taking a “breath break” several times a day can do wonders.
- Participate in some regular physical exercise to reduce tension and get out of your head. Pick an activity that fits your fitness and energy levels as well as your exercise personality and make it part of your regular routine.
- Spend time doing something you enjoy or if it has been a while do something you used to enjoy. Make time for fun. It really is important.
- Maintain or reactivate your sense of humor. Laughter is good for you.
- Don’t bottle up your feelings. Speak up. Being clear and thoughtful improves the likelihood that your message will be heard.
- Keep a journal. Writing can be an effective way to process your thoughts and emotions.
- Look for the positives in your day. Think about what went right or nearly so.
- Think creatively about ways to take care of yourself. Notice what nurtures you and include it in your life.
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