Twenty-Two Ways to Practice Self Care

Stress can definitely take its toll on our bodies in many ways — physically, emotionally and mentally.

I find that when I feel like I don’t have the time to slow down is actually when I need it the most!

It’s important to take some downtime and take care of YOU. You not only deserve it, but when you’re feeling rested and recharged, you can accomplish more and support others better. It’s not selfish because you’ll actually have more of you to give.

Here is a list to get you started — 22 simple tips to take care of YOU. Pick one that you can start with today — and then remember to do something that brings you joy or makes you feel more centered or relaxed every day (even if that means for just 5 minutes).

1. Get enough sleep

2. Take the time to prioritize your day each morning (what are the top 2 -3 things you want to get done today?).

3. Remember to schedule tasks/appointments, events as evenly as possible throughout the week.

4. Reduce time on the computer and TV

5. Take deep breaths during the day

6. Eat slower

7. Connect with family and friends

8. Take a vacations (or ‘staycation’)

9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

10. Make time for yourself — enjoy a hobby or activity

11. Read a book or watch a movie

12. Exercise

13. Speak to yourself more kindly

14. Listen to music

15. Open your windows and blinds during the day

16. Focus on your goals

17. Enjoy a hot bath

18. Meditate, pray and/or do yoga

19. Get a massage or facial

20. Go on a walk

21. Focus on the positive

22. Keep a gratitude journal

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