Living Well: The Important Practice of Self-Care
We know that we should be kind to others, but sometimes we can forget that we should also be kind to ourselves. In preparation for International Self-Care Day on July 24 we have three simple suggestions to help you take care of yourself this summer:
Take a Purposeful Pause
Taking a purposeful pause or time out when you need it can help to rest and recharge your mind and body. Therefore, try to take a break from your busy and stressful day-to-day life to boost your productivity. Practice solitude by reading a book, meditating, taking a walk by yourself, or by doing a digital detox.
Be a Friend to Yourself
Next time you catch yourself being too critical of yourself, imagine a close friend or family member having the same challenge. How would you respond to them? Try the response on yourself next time you’re feeling self-critical to ensure that you’re showing yourself the same compassion. Self-love can improve your quality of life, mental health, and relationships. Be kind to yourself.
Get Up and Move
We all know how important it is to stay active, especially in the summer. Try to prioritize time to move in your day. For example, stand up and walk around, take your lunch to go, or join an exercise class with a friend or colleague. Getting up and moving helps you both mentally and physically by reducing anxiety and boosting your mood. There are plenty of gadgets and free mobile applications available to motivate you to walk, helping you make your first step towards well-being.
It is important to put your selflessness aside and prioritize your own needs. If you feel overcommitted to a busy schedule and full agenda, it’s time to take a step back. Find 15 minutes in your schedule to breathe and take care of yourself. Practicing self-care can be an essential life-long process to help you grow, thrive and live your best life!
To read more about International Self-Care Day, click here.