When life gets busy and overwhelming, we can easily put ourselves on the back burner. We may find excuses as to why our planned walk isn’t necessary, or meeting with a friend this week “will have to wait.” A few days of this is tolerable and sometimes necessary, but if it becomes more of a constant than not, we begin to feel depleted. In our busy lives, it often feels overwhelming to think of possibly fitting some self-care into our day and yet it is also a vital way to build and restore energy. It is also one of the number one ways we reduce stress, and therefore, anxiety.
Optimal self-care is daily; it begins by recognizing the things that bring us peace and building from there. This can include anything from a warm bath at the end of your day, to 20 minutes of reading, a walk with the dog, watching a favourite show, playing a board game, sitting with a friend for coffee. Setting the goal of daily self-care is the first step; tailoring it to fit you will make it sustainable. Try at first to give yourself even 10 minutes of “you time “a day; it will become a healthy habit you will never want to break 😊
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