Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is more than a new-age mantra being thrown around. It’s a very real need in terms of physical, mental, or emotional health. The more consistently you care for yourself, the better your work will be, too. Here are some practical ideas that you can use to take inventory of your self-care habits.
You probably have a lot of things to do—or at least a lot of things you think you should be doing. Work, education, obligations to family and friends, dating, and the responsibilities of adulting can quickly fill your plate. As admirable as hard work and ambition are, remember to make time for taking care of yourself. Your health, productivity, and general happiness will improve if you are engaging in basic self-care in each of these areas of your life.
Physical Self-Care: First and foremost, self-care includes recognizing and meeting your body’s needs. The importance of getting enough sleep cannot be overstated. Stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day. Reach for nutrient rich foods and healthy snacks when you are hungry instead of that bag of chips. Take a break to stretch, go for a walk, or even take a power nap when you need it. You can’t run on an empty tank!
Social Self-Care: As human beings, we are social creatures and crave connection with one another. Virtual connection is a blessing that technology affords us, but it doesn’t totally replace the need for in-person interaction. Meet up with a friend for lunch. Visit your parents or grandparents and share stories. Make an effort to smile at and greet the people you pass in the office today. You may find that these interactions can invigorate you by filling that human need for social connection.
Mental and Emotional Self-Care: Have you ever tried meditation? Not only is it a common practice in several spiritual traditions, but scientific research has shown that meditating regularly can reduce stress. There are even apps to help you try it! As you meditate, focus on your breathing, which can help regulate mental and emotional processes.
Spiritual Self-Care: If you are religious (or even just spiritual), take care of yourself in that realm as well. It is interconnected with the other areas in your life, so caring for yourself spiritually will also help you mentally, emotionally, socially, and even physically. Engaging with sacred texts, prayer, and a community of believers can do wonders.
Money is a worry that you don’t have to have. One way to take care of yourself is to enlist help wherever possible. When it comes to concerns about money, including budgeting, saving, and investing, we are that help! Email us to set up a time where we can meet and talk about the role that money plays in your ability to take care of yourself.
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