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Let's Talk About Self-Care
Let's discuss Self-Care 360! and what it really means. Healing and recovery take energy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It's all interrelated. By exploring each circle, we'll find out how each contributes to healing processes and leading fulfilling lives.
The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated. Just 30 minutes a day can provide you with more than just physical well-being. Exercise contributes to our lives in a myriad of ways. It:
Proper nutrition is an investment in all aspects of your health. Healthy portions of the right foods creates well-being. Eating properly:
Sleep is hard for many people, particularly during times of peak stress or anxiety. Research into sleep continues to document that healthy sleep patterns:
Make sure you are getting the right amount and the quality of sleep you need for healthy living.
Relate in Healthy Ways!
The relationships we maintain in our lives tell us a lot about ourselves. Understanding how we relate to one another and keeping ourselves surrounded by relationships that allow us to grow in healthy ways should be a primary focus. Healthy relationships:
Manage Stress and Anxiety Proactively!
Stress and anxiety are a normal part of our lives. It's important to understand that exposure to chronic stress and anxiety has a significant impact on our overall health. Learning to effectively manage stress and anxiety is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Without the tools and commitment to managing your stress properly, excessive stress levels can:
Create and Keep a Healthy Work/Life Balance!
Work/Life balance is a difficult concept for many of us to grasp. We all need time to relax and enjoy life. If you find you are having less and less time to devote to yourself, your family, or other meaningful activities, it may be an indicator you are overworking. Overworking bears its own risks to our health by creating additional stress and anxiety, leaving us little time to rejuvenate our mental and physical energies, and fostering a sense of self that can get lost in the "do" functions of life with the resulting loss of the capacity to "be" in life.
Take the time to explore how you are working, the functions your work levels provide for you mentally and physically, and whether or not those relationships are balanced, healthy ones for you.
At a minimum:
If you find you don't have the time or energy to do these things, take a closer look at your work/life balance.
There are many ways to engage in self-appreciation. In fact, dedicating yourself to the many aspects of Self-Care 360! is all about self-appreciation. Appreciating yourself is about taking advantage of thoughts and actions that improve your relationship with yourself. As we improve our relationship with ourselves, we improve our relationship with others and our connectedness to the world around us.
Engage with Others!
We are social creatures. We were meant to live in healthy connection with others. In fact, healthy connection with others is one of the greatest ways to rejuvenate our spirits. If you find yourself withdrawing from meaningful social interaction, take the time to discover why. We grow exponentially when we are connected with others. Many of the greatest forms of healing and recovery take place through our connection with others.
There are many great free and supportive apps for your mobile phone or tablet device depending on what you wish to track or improve in your lifestyle. The apps below are just a few of the more popular apps. Please be aware these apps are not specific recommendations for you or any website visitor and should not be taken as a specific recommendation. They are offered for your further research, assessment, and discussion with your therapist. Please also be aware that all apps are not created equally or professionally. Research your apps, the developers, and discuss them in detail with your mental health professional before you engage in their use.
Do you prefer to work with printable tools you can customize? Try creating your own Self-Care 360! worksheet starting with a comprehensive document below and choosing only those areas which serve your journey! Download it today!