How to Practice Self Care
"In recent years, self-care has turned into an entire industry, and with that industry have risen misconceptions that self-care must be costly and time-consuming and is only necessary once we’ve burned out. In reality, self-care is most effective when it’s done as a preventative measure that is a natural part of your daily life." - How to Practice Preventative Self Care
In fact, every day is a good day for self care! If you're looking to make self care a habit, this summer self care challenge might help! Here is a whole month's worth of self care ideas, optimized for summer! (PS did you know that July 24 is International Self Care Day?)
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Self-Care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. It is an important part of our ongoing wellness. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety, and feelings of stress. What do you do for your self-care? One important step in self-care is getting out in nature and moving your body, even for a few minutes.
Here are a few wellness/self care suggestions:
Take 10 minutes to go for a walk; in your yard, down the street, or on a trail. Choose to either A) Pay attention to what you hear - birds singing, wind in the trees, cars, church bells, children playing, etc. or B) Pay attention to the colours you see - bright green, light blue, grey, pink, purple, etc. If thoughts float into your head that is okay, do your best to refocus your attention on what you hear or the colours you see. Give it a try!
Every time you take a shower, visualize washing away your stress and anxiety. Concentrate on the feel of the water upon your skin. Envision the power of the water washing away your negative thoughts. Feel sadness, regret, anger, and depression washing right off of you. Let it all go down the drain, you'll start to feel lighter and much more clear. Try it for a week and see if you notice a difference in yourself.
The River: A Visualization Exercise
Items floating down a river, perhaps leaves or chunks of debris (thoughts, feelings, images), instead of struggling to stay afloat, we can visualize ourselves standing on the bank watching our thoughts, images and sensations drifting on by down the river.
Journaling can help manage anxiety, reduce stress, depression and helps people cope.
Here are a few journaling prompt questions that encourage self-care and wellness.
1. What are 3 things you are doing that no longer serve you? How can you stop doing these things?
2. Make a list of people in your life who support you. Why does their support mean so much to you?
3. What makes you feel at peace and why?
4. Make a list of 10-20 things that make you smile :)
Self Care Cheat Sheet with 6 Easy Steps
1. Get Some Rest: Get a good night sleep, nap if you need to and make it a point to tell yourself "I'm resting now at least once a day (even for 10 minutes).
2. Fuel Your Body: Eat healthy, and drink lots of water.
3. Move It! : Do what feels good to you. Dance, go for a walk, stretch, just move!
4. Be Still: Take 10 minutes every day to just breathe. Get quiet and take some deep belly breaths.
5. Gratitude: express gratitude. What are you grateful for the big and the small?
6. Enjoy Yourself: Do something everyday that brings joy, makes you smile or even laugh out loud.
Download this handy list of wellness reminders in PDF: wellness_reminders.pdf