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A Practical Guide to Self-Care

We are big believers of taking care of your mind, body, and soul. Once you give those the attention they deserve, you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and more content with your life. Follow these steps and tips, and use this as a practical guide to self-care.

Drink Lemon Water First Thing

I’m sure you’ve heard this over and over, but you should really start your mornings by hydrating. Do this by drinking a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon. Lemon water helps reinvigorate your skin and helps you digest your food better.

Do a Self-Care Power Hour

This is best done in the morning. Start by spending 20 minutes doing something for your mind, like reading a good book. Then 20 minutes for your body, like a walk, run, or yoga. Then 20 minutes for your soul, like doing something you love or meditate.

Get Some Fresh Air

Go outside—whether it’s on your lunch break, or just when you have a few minutes to spare. Go outside without your phone, and take some time to notice your surroundings. Breathe in that fresh air.

Declutter Your Digital Life

Delete those apps that seem to take up all your free time. Delete those emails you don’t need. Try to limit your time on social media, as hard as that may seem.

Step Up Your Fruit and Veggie Game

Think fruit smoothies (with some good greens added, like spinach) and a hearty salad for lunch. Make sure to add some veggies to your dinner too. Did you know that certain vegetables can help reduce bloating, and others can give your skin a more youthful glow? They can even improve how you handle stress—and adapting to stress is critically important to your mental AND physical health.

Try Positive Affirmations

Show yourself some love by giving words of encouragement. At first it will seem silly, but you deserve it. If you don’t want to say them out loud at first, try writing them down. Try these:

- I am safe and secure - I have everything I already need - I am strong and unique

Focus on One Thing at a Time

“Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.” – Josh Billings

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, prioritize your to do list. Focus on one things at a time, even if you’re afraid of forgetting something.

Change Your Scenery

Even if you can’t get very far, explore a town or area near you that you’ve never been to. Maybe find a new trial, or a different coffee shop. Once you change your routine a little, you won’t be in that slump any more.

Here’s some more tips….

8 things to do to enhance your mental health 1. Take 10 slow, deep breaths 2.  Move—movement stimulates the body and brain 3. Create a daily goal, and list the little steps you need to take to accomplish it 4. Embark on a stroll, and intentionally notice positive things around you 5. Acknowledge the awful things you’re dealing with. What can you do more of to keep getting through the tough stuff 6. Practice noticing your thoughts. Identify, challenge, and replace the unhealthy ones 7. Color or draw 8. Do at least one thing you love every day

You Can Also Try….

Self-Care Sundays

1.       Carve out some time on Sundays to get ready for the week ahead. This could include a face mask, meal prepping, cleaning your living space, or relaxing into a good book.

2.       Spend time with animals. Pets provide a huge amount of stress relief. If you personally don’t have one, go visit the Humane Society and play with some puppies to get so of the stress buffering benefits!

3.       Take yourself out for coffee. Turn your phone on silent and take yourself out to your favorite coffee shop. Feel free to bring a book or a notepad to sketch, but use this time to relax and enjoy some much-needed R&R.

4.       Explore your city. Become a tourist in your own city by exploring a new neighborhood or walking an unfamiliar route on an errand. With a fresh perspective, you might just uncover a hidden gem you’ve never seen before!

5.       Carve out nature time. Spend time in the mountains, by a lake, or merely in a large green space to feel the relaxing benefits that nature has to offer. Also, no phones allowed!

Just Remember:

Set goals Exercise Love yourself Focus on fitness

Rest and relax Eat right Smile Portray positive Enjoy life Care for others Tell yourself you can do this

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