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Practicing Self-Care... The easy way

Posted by Shelby on May 8th 2017

Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care

Relax

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene:

We live in a culture where sleeping is rarely a priority; however, research suggests that healthy adults need 7-8 hours of sleep nightly to function at their best. Make it a goal tonight to turn your phone off and drift into a good sleep. And to make this the norm, the CDC recommends going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, sleeping in dark & quiet room, avoiding using your bed for mindful activities such as working on a laptop, and avoiding large meals before bedtime.

Drink Water:

It is recommended that you should drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. That does not include the 16 ounce Diet Coke you had today that happens to have water listed as an ingredient. We recommend buying a water bottle similar to this one to help you reach your goal.

Exercise:

The American Heart Association suggests 150 minutes of moderate cardio a week for healthy adults. Divide that by 5 to reach a total of 30 minutes of walking/jogging a day + 2 rest days. You can do it!

Read:

Whether you’re into self-help books, DIY blogs, or the latest novel (Girl on a Train, anyone?), giving yourself the time to unplug and be lost in a really good book will bring you noticeably less stress.

Get Organized:

Start small. Clean off your work desk or clean out your car. Tackle the kitchen pantry or the entry way coat closet. Being able to visibly organize the tangible things in your life will instantly make you feel like you have more control. It will even begin to organize the intangible things like your thoughts.

Unplug:

It is so easy to pick up your phone and scroll through social media mindlessly. Before you realize it, you have spent 15 minutes not really sure what all you've just taken in (i.e., funny videos, happy status updates, eye rolls, baby announcements...). Set a specific time of the day to allow yourself the “social media break.” Try to limit it to only a few minutes, however.

Relax:

Give yourself time to just be. We are always looking for ways to be and feel productive, but sometimes it is just as important to remind yourself that you can only be your best when you give yourself the best. Take a bath & listen to music. We recommend subscribing to this weekly-we’ll provide the products.