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Self-Care Strategies and Prioritizing Time for Yourself

In today’s fast-paced world, we often get swept up in the go-go-go culture. I know I am guilty of this. Sometimes when I am super busy, I find myself in autopilot mode and realize that I have not truly been present for days on end. Being productive is great, but checking items off our to-do list should not be the measure of our self-worth. You can spend time relaxing and prioritize time to yourself without feeling like you are wasting time. In fact, caring for ourselves should be celebrated and encouraged. Let’s discuss the importance of self-care and explore ways to prioritize time for yourself during the hustle and bustle of daily life.


Why Self-Care is Important

Self-care is essential to maintain good mental, physical, and emotional health. We need these areas to be functioning at their highest potential in order to live well and perform the tasks we are expected to do daily. When practicing self-care we replenish our energy, reduce stress and anxiety, improve physical health, boost our mood and happiness, and cultivate better relationships with ourselves and the people in our lives (Caring for Your Mental Health).


20 Self-Care Ideas

  1. Cozy up with a good book

  2. Go for a walk or hike in nature

  3. Spend time with your pet

  4. Meditate

  5. Write in a journal

  6. Create a music playlist

  7. Unplug from technology

  8. Practice yoga

  9. Explore a hobby or learn something new

  10. Take yourself out on a date

  11. Try a new recipe

  12. Enjoy an at-home spa day

  13. Clean an area in your home

  14. Engage in a creative activity like painting or practicing an instrument

  15. Listen to a podcast

  16. Have a movie night

  17. Organize your closet

  18. Make a vision board

  19. Sing and dance to your favorite music

  20. Call someone you love


Remember, spending time alone is an opportunity to recharge in order to be the best version of yourself. Self-care may look different for everyone, so be gentle with yourself and give yourself what you need. I know how hard it can be to find time for yourself, so I like to schedule it into my daily routine so that I treat it like the priority it is.



References

  1. “Caring for Your Mental Health.” National Institute of Mental Health, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health#:~:text=Self%2Dcare%20means%20taking%20the,illness%2C%20and%20increase%20your%20energy. Accessed 18 June 2023.

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