FOLLOW Self-Care This is a process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being. It’s vital for building stress resilience and better equip you to live your best life.
Neglecting self-care may leave you overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life's challenges.
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FOLLOW 45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body & Soul
"There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself." ~Brian Andreas Do you ever forget to take care of yourself? I know. You're busy, and finding the time to take proper care of yourself can be hard.
Self-Care Ideas For The Soul Help someone. Write out your thoughts. Then let them go as you burn or bin the paper. Hang out with people who emit enthusiasm and positivity. Self-Care Ideas For The Body Use the body scan technique to check in with each part of your body. Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest three times. Put on your favorite upbeat record and dance. Stretch your body. Run, walk or go up and down the stairs for a few minutes. Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week. Look lovingly and without judgment at your naked self in the mirror. Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes. Get fifteen minutes of sun. (Use sunscreen if appropriate.) Do something that will give you a good laugh. Take a quick nap. A few dozen minutes can reduce your sleep debt and freshen you up. Self-Care Ideas For The Mind Document the great things people say about you to read later. Finish something that’s been on your to-do list for ages. Change the way you make decisions. Mix up your routine in small ways to create new neural pathways in the brain and keep it healthy. Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot. Schedule in five minutes of “play” several times throughout your day. Create a deliberate habit, and routinize something small in your life by doing it, in the same way, each day. Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you. Do mini-meditations with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just a little. FOLLOW 8 Rules For Self-Care
In college it's so easy to forget about self-care. There are classes and homework and projects and essays and jobs and extra-curriculars and friends and relationships and before you know it, it's 3:30 a.m. and you can't fall asleep because you're wired on coffee and half a pint of Ben & Jerry's "The Tonight Dough."
Being well-rested is essential to health. You'll have more energy, more patience, and less anxiety if you
accumulate eight hours of quality sleep in a day.
To ensure you sleep well,
Staying hydrated helps keep the skin clear, your mood balanced, and helps both digestion and your immune system.
keep a water bottle on you at all times so you have the constant reminder to drink throughout the day. Exercise
Keeping up with your physical health
reduces stress and releases endorphins (the chemicals that make you happy).
Exercise is also defined as
any form of physical activity. So dancing in the apartment, walking around campus, or hitting the gym could all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. FOLLOW Four Things to Do Every Day for Your Mental Health
It's a crazy time. Here in the California, we are sheltering-in-place, leaving the house only for essentials like groceries and medical care. And while we're all (appropriately) focused on caring for the physical health of ourselves, our families, our communities, and society at large, our mental, emotional, and social health needs are quickly emerging as profoundly important, as well.
Structure in times of chaos Human suffering is often about freedom and constraint. We rebel against too much containment (“I need space!”) or if we have too much freedom, we feel lost in space. Fearful. (“Where did you go?... Move
Our bodies need to stretch, reach, twist, bend, step, and sweat. It's not about staying in shape. It's about your immune health and mental health.
Build movement in your structure. Try for at least 20 minutes per day. Nourish
You don't have to ban small treats. However, it is essential to set up a daily structure that fills you with nourishing healthy foods.
Make a dietary change, learn to meal prep, or teach your kids to cook.
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