TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH
Self care is not just physical, it is emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some suggestions for self-care that will inspire you to take better care of yourself.
- Discover new authors and topics of interest in the books you read.
- Do mental puzzles such as crosswords, sudoku, and online brain training games.
- Look into classes on topics you’re interested in at a local community centre.
- Pursue hobbies that engage the mind.
- Move your body in ways that feel good.
- Get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
- Cuddle with a pet or loved one.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Let your body have ample rest time when sick.
- Find time to be in nature.
- Meditate for a few minutes per day.
- Journal about your wishes and hopes.
- Pursue experiences that ignite awe and inspiration.
- Identify your values and live in ways that honour them.
- Allow yourself to cry.
- Spend time with people who make you feel loved.
- Journal about your feelings.
- Express your emotions through art, music, and dance.
- See a therapist if you need extra support.
HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE & INTEGRATE IT INTO YOUR LIFE
It may be that the only convenient time is on your lunch break, during your commute, or after the kids fall asleep. Find a time and make it a habit.
ASK FOR HELP
If you feel you just can’t take time away from your chores, ask someone to help, explaining that you need a few minutes to yourself.
Taking good care of yourself has countless benefits, and also makes you a better partner, parent, friend, employee, and citizen. Write it down and make it a priority, like you would any other responsibility.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Find activities that truly enhance your life and give you energy. This will make it a lot easier to keep it up.
By Charlotte Spafford Alive