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Power of Self-Care: Fight Stress and Make Health a Priority


Chronic anxiety and stress can drain your energy. Self-care, on the other hand, can be a powerful treatment for restoring your mind and body. It’s important to take time for yourself and to yourself to maintain a healthy balance. 


Try these self-care techniques to find relief for your stress:  


MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY

You may have stress coming from multiple directions such as work, school, family, partners, kids, neighbors, or others. However, it’s important to establish your health as a top consideration.

In order to take care of your family, you have to be healthy first, both mentally and physically. 

Find a balance between taking care of others and taking care of yourself.


Carve out time to be to yourself.  Maybe read a book, treat yourself to a meal or have coffee with friends.  Make sure to have that one special day or time slot just for you. 


UNDERSTAND THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SELF-CARE

Self-care is a conscious effort to put yourself first. It requires you to take time for activities that nourish and sustain your body, mind, and spirit.


  • When you make it a priority to take care of yourself, you build a lifestyle that focuses on healthy choices. Build self-care into your daily habits, such as eating a healthy breakfast and exercising.
  • Also, understand that self-care involves your mental health.  Try meditating or spend some time visualizing your goals and dreams. 
  • Create affirmations to inspire you daily. 


START WITH ONE HEALTHY HABIT A DAY

If self-care isn’t a normal part of your life, it may be difficult to get used to it. However, you can start with one small habit and you’ll see positive changes.


  • You may start your journey to better self-care by implementing one healthy behavior per day.
  • The habit can be a tiny change, such as eating oatmeal for breakfast or having a salad for lunch.
  • The key is to pick something small that is easy to do. Then, you can build from this foundation and add other habits.
  • If you try too many activities at once, you’re likely to get overwhelmed or discouraged.


FIND YOUR OWN PATH

It’s easy to get caught up in the self-care practices that others use. However, it’s more effective to find your own path to wellness.


  • Find the tips and habits that work best for your lifestyle. You may not have time to prepare a healthy lunch or exercise every day. There are other ways to take care of yourself.
  • Be willing to experiment with different ideas to figure out which self-care practices work well for you. Maybe you can spend five minutes in silence to clear your mind or for your lunch break, take a quick 10-minute stroll around the block. 


CONTINUE GROWING

Adding one self-care habit and then moving on isn’t enough. As long as you live in this world, stress will be a factor. It’s critical to develop new self-care behaviors in order to reduce stress.


  • Over time, the stress may come from different directions. For example, if your job is going well, you may suddenly discover issues at home. If your family life is fine, you may be worried about getting laid off.
  • You may feel overwhelmed at times as if you’re taking steps back. Nevertheless, continue forward and make self-care a top priority.
  • As your life changes, your self-care habits will also change. You might find that oatmeal for breakfast starts causing stomach aches, or injuries prevent you from exercising every day.
  • Self-care can come from multiple channels. You can change things up and still find success.  Be flexible and ready to make any necessary changes in your life to continue to reduce stress.


In the fight against stress, self-care is essential. It’s a vital part of staying healthy and feeling good. 

What small changes can you make today on your journey to self-care?