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Schedule in Some "You" Time

As the children and families settle into their often hectic school schedules, parents and caregivers need to schedule their own time for their physical, mental and emotional health.

Consider the following quotes:

"Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first, it means me too." - L.R. Knost
"Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." - Eleanor Brownn
"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first." - Unknown
"Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you." - Katie Reed

Listen to what your mind and body are telling you! Here are some ideas for mental, emotional, and physical self-care:

Mental self-care:

  • Practice mindfulness or mediation to relax and calm your mind.

  • Engage in activities that stimulate your brain, such as reading, puzzles, or learning something new.

  • Set boundaries and say no to activities or commitments that may overwhelm you.

  • Journal your thoughts and feelings to provide clarity and release emotions.

  • Practice gratitude by writing down things you are thankful for each day.

  • Engage in activities that boost your creativity, such as painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument.

  • Take breaks during the day to clear your mind and recharge.

Emotional self-care:

  • Connect and spend time with loved ones who support and uplift you.

  • Practice self-compassion and allow yourself to feel and express emotions without judgment.

  • Engage in activities that bring you joy and make you laugh.

  • Take moments throughout the day to check in with yourself and identify your emotions.

  • Seek therapy or counseling if needed to process and navigate through difficult emotions.

  • Engage in hobbies or activities that promote emotional well-being, such as dancing, gardening, or listening to music.

  • Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.

Physical self-care:

  • Engage in regular exercise or physical activities that you enjoy, such as walking, cycling, or dancing.

  • Ensure you get enough sleep by establishing a consistent bedtime routine.

  • Eat a balanced and nutritious diet that fuels your body and supports your overall well-being.

  • Practice good hygiene and take care of your physical appearance in a way that makes you feel confident.

  • Set aside time for relaxation and self-care activities like taking baths, getting massages, or practicing yoga.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

  • Get regular check-ups and seek medical care when needed to maintain your physical health... and of course see your chiropractor!

Remember, self-care should be individualized and tailored to what works best for you. Experiment with different activities and find what brings you the most mental, emotional, and physical well-being. If we can help you, please reach out: 519-258-8544


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