WHAT IS SELF CARE?

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.

Self-care activities are critical to our mental health and emotional well-being. When you prioritize yourself, you not only ensure you are the best “you” possible, but you also reinvigorate yourself. You have more energy and joy to give in other areas of your life.

SELF CARE TIPS

Get Physical

We often overlook our physical health when discussing mental and emotional health, but the mind-body connection can’t be denied. When your body feels healthy and strong, your mood soars, and when you’re in a great emotional state, it shows in how you move your body. Make it a point to regularly engage in physical activities you love as a form of self-care. Whether it’s going for a run, swimming or attending a yoga class, changing your physical state from sedentary to active is a simple and fulfilling way to take care of yourself. It can even be something as simple as going for a walk with a coworker during your lunch hour. Whatever self-care tips you decide to incorporate, make sure they bring you at least some level of happiness. Forcing yourself to jog every morning if you’re miserable the entire time should not be on your list of self-care activities.

Change Your Mindset

It’s hard to feel fulfilled when you’re constantly focusing on the negatives in life. Why? Because where your focus goes, your energy flows.

Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, learn to adopt an abundance mindset. This is perhaps one of the most life-changing self-care ideas you can incorporate into your life. Reframing your thoughts and shifting your focus is a deliberate practice that takes time. However, if you’re able to accomplish it, you’ll experience greater joy and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

Eat Nutritious Food

When you think of how to practice self-care with food, you might envision treats like cupcakes or huge meals of savory, rich foods like lasagna. While it’s certainly beneficial to treat yourself once in a while, you should envision self-care in the form of more sustainable foods like leafy greens, alkaline foods and items that will make you feel energetic and strong. Instead of viewing food as a reward, try to reframe it as fuel for your body.

Say "No"

Knowing when to say “no” is one of the self-care activities that people have the most trouble with. Between work and your personal life, it feels like you’re always saying “yes” when people ask you for something. It can be rewarding to have a full calendar, but it’s also important to know when to say “no.” If you’re feeling run down or spread thin, grant yourself the ultimate luxury: downtime.

By taking the necessary time needed to recharge, you’ll bolster your energy and be able to return to your regular schedule with increased energy and gusto. Carefully choose when you say “yes” and make sure you are only agreeing to activities or requests that align with your values or bring you happiness. When following your passion is one of your self-care activities, you seamlessly create a business and life you love.

Practice Focus & Gratitude

Self-care tips don’t all have to involve making major changes to your lifestyle – they can be as simple as finding a few minutes to reflect each morning. Creating a morning routine can help you to stay on track and centered throughout the day. It can also help you deal with challenges as you learn that even the biggest roadblocks can be reframed into an advantageous opportunity.

Self Care Products

Adding some self-care products such as supplements and nutritional shakes can help you increase immunity and ensure proper nutrition. When you have the right nutrients, you feel better both physically and mentally and have more energy to give to others. When choosing self-care products, do your research and check the ingredients to make sure you’re getting the most effective and safe supplements on the market.

SELF CARE ACTIVITIES, TIPS & WEBSITES

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Scavenger Hunt

Self Care Challenge & Scavenger Hunt

  1. Find something you are GRATEFUL for that makes you LAUGH

  2. Find an INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE & share it with a peer, teacher, counselor, or family member

  3. Give a KIND compliment to a family member

  4. Ask someone how they are

  5. Write a kind NOTE or MESSAGE to a friend.

  6. Tell someone THANK YOU

  7. Go OUTSIDE and FIND: a plant, something yellow, & something that makes you smile

  8. Mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1: NAME 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste.

  9. Write a COMPLIMENT to yourself

  10. Find something you are GRATEFUL for that brings you JOY

  11. Go on a 5-10 minute walk and challenge yourself to not use any digital devices: identify TEN things that start with the letter “R” on your walk.

  12. FIND something that represents COMPASSION

  13. Find something that you are GRATEFUL for that you just learned/discovered

  14. As a BRAIN BREAK, do 20 jumping jacks, 15 squats, 10 lunges, 5-push up.