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8 Ways to Practice Self-Care

The second month of 2016 is just getting started. How are you doing so far on your goals for the New Year? Are you making sure to have YOU as a top priority? Taking excellent care of yourself should be #1 on your to-do list each day.

8 tips to practice self care

Here are 8 ideas to help you practice self-care

  1. Recognize Your Successes

So many of us focus on our failures and forget to truly celebrate ourselves when we accomplish a goal. Take some time to reflect each day and pat yourself on the back for what you have accomplished. Even something as simple as getting the laundry done deserves to be celebrated.

  1. Practice Healthy and Mindful Eating

Eating on-the-go or while multitasking can, in some ways, lead to overeating and minimize the satisfaction of a meal. Take some time to allow yourself to indulge all of your senses during at least one meal a day. Observe the colors, flavors and smells of your food to create a more mindful experience.

  1. Be Thankful

In addition to celebrating your own accomplishments, be thankful for what you have and what others may have done for you. Consider keeping a gratitude journal. Take note from time to time about the things you feel lucky to have.

  1. Create a Personal Space

Create a special place that is just for you. Perhaps it’s your bedroom or a nook in another room of your home. Create a place that provides you with comfort. It can be a place where you go to find inner peace when times are tough, or where you go to just reflect upon a good day.

  1. Be Silly Sometimes

It is so important to allow yourself to be silly and childlike from time to time. If you have children, do something they love like coloring, playing tag or using building blocks. Letting your inner child out can be a refreshing way to recharge when life seems to be getting too serious.

  1. Keep Moving

Exercise is absolutely essential for self-care. Even a brisk walk helps your body release happy hormones to lighten your mood. Plus, the health benefits for your body are wonderful for your overall wellbeing.

  1. Unplug

In this world where electronic stimulation and virtual sharing surround us, it’s important to take some time to unplug and just “be”. It feels so good to take some time away from social media, where you may spend too much time comparing yourself to the “online” version of someone else. Appreciate what is natural and beautiful around you and within you.

  1. Help Someone

Helping someone else can do wonders for how you feel about yourself. Help out at a soup kitchen or donate your time to an eldercare facility. Or perhaps you have a friend or family member who needs a little help with something. If you know someone who needs assistance with an addiction, you can help him or her consider what support options are out there.

Calling Seasons in Malibu, a luxury dual-diagnosis addiction treatment center in Malibu, CA could be a great place to start. They have counselors on call 24/7 to help your loved one start the process of seeking help.

8 tips to practice self care

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  2. Robin says:

    Self care is so important. I sometimes get so caught up in movement & distraction that it becomes easy to forget about taking care of myself. Thanks for this article! It’s a good reminder.

  3. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I really need to be thankful for all that I have. Sometimes things get overwhelming but I am so beyond blessed!

  4. I am guilty of not taking enough time for myself. I actually decided I’m going to try ansd schedule more of that.

  5. Caroline Fernandez says:

    I have been working on mindful eating. This year i am taking better care of myself. I need to make space in my house that is just for me.

  6. Lisa Bristol says:

    I always feel better when i have been moving a lot. We need to take care of ourselves so we can be our best for our family. I love these tips.

  7. I love my Mommy room. It is a great place for me to escape and relax. I think everyone should have a space that is just for them.

  8. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I go to bed each night thinking about all the blessings i have in my life. It is a great way to end the day.

  9. Kathy says:

    These are some really good ideas. I love the personal space idea. I really want to make a nice space like this in our home once we get a house. My husband and I have been looking, and this would be a great idea!

  10. Awesome tips! I said to myself this year I’d unplug more often to spend time with my family.

  11. Dawn Lopez says:

    These are such good and practical ideas! I know I need to “unplug” more often. Walking and exercising really helps me refresh my energy too.

  12. Stacie says:

    This are all great tips that I need to do more of. Unplugging may be the hardest one considering. Growing up we didn’t have all this technology.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I created a personal writing space for me in my bedroom. It is the one place I can go and just relax.

  14. These are great ideas. I struggle with this frequently – especially the unplugged part!

  15. MJ. L says:

    These are great tips for self care! Love the be silly sometimes! That always makes me feel better 🙂

  16. patty says:

    Great tips. The hubby and I just slipped away for an overnight which was wonderful. We didn’t take our tablets and it was so freeing.

  17. Jennifer says:

    These are great ideas. Remembering to be thankful and helping others are great ways to help take care of yourself.

  18. Jeanette says:

    I think being silly is the best! You let loose and just have fun! I love when I can do that!

  19. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I need to unplug more. I try, but I always have a nagging feeling that something needs to be done right away.

  20. Some good tips here. I have been trying to eat better and exercise more this year. I made a delicious chicken fettuccine dish with tomato and basil last night, it has some butter though so probably isn’t completely healthy. But it’s tasty 🙂 and better for you than a frozen meal, for sure.

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