Lately it seems that the new favorite word being used by many is self-care. So what is self-care exactly and why should it be something you think about incorporating into your vocabulary and life?

Self-care is more than just taking hot bubble baths, taking a yoga class, reading a book or practicing mindfulness and meditation. It’s about making the time to look after yourself, about checking in and seeing how you’re doing, and no, practicing self-care is not selfish.

Self-care is about nourishing yourself and checking in with your needs so that you can be mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually well and balanced. Practicing self-care is crucial in maintaining your overall health and to help keep you balanced.

What Does Self-Care Look Like?

  • It may mean setting limits and boundaries for yourself; learning to say no even when you don’t want to so that you don’t extend yourself too thin.
  • Identifying what’s working well currently, and changing the things that no longer serve a purpose.
  • Limiting your screen time; setting aside some time just for yourself without any other distractions

Self-Care Can Include Things Such As:

  • Going outside for a walk
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Staying hydrated
  • Identifying when you’re starting to burn out before it happens

Practicing good self-care can be incorporated into your daily routine just like drinking water throughout the day or brushing your teeth. Taking care of our bodies and practicing self-care is important for overall health. Check out this Ted Talk video on self-care:

Stay tuned for Part 2 of more self- care trips for overall mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing later this month.

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