Julie Belk Dalberg
Are You Neglecting Yourself?
24/7 news, the never-ending pandemic, and economic uncertainties have left many of us feeling emotionally and physically depleted.
Are you making time to take care of yourself? Self-care is one of the first things we neglect when faced with stressors outside our control. The problem is, if you don't focus on your own personal health and wellness, you'll have nothing left to give to your family and loved ones. Here are five ways you can help restore your mental and physical wellness, even when it feels like you're living in a chaotic world:
Be kind to yourself. Do one small thing each day to nurture your own well-being. Savor a special treat. Take a walk in nature. Listen to a favorite playlist. Block out the world for a few minutes and just be. Bake bread. Create something. Take a few minutes to soothe your soul.
Enjoy your favorite healthy foods. Approach healthy eating as enjoyment, not punishment. Try a new fruit you've never had before. Find popular recipes that use your favorite foods in a new way. Dine with your best china and a beautiful table setting....on a Tuesday.
Rest. Many of us feel compelled to check off every item on the list. The problem is, there will ALWAYS be a list. Restoration requires more than a good night's sleep. Take breaks throughout the day. Nap. Your body and mind will thank you for it and you'll be more productive.
Say No. When we try to please everyone, we please no one. Is that chronic complainer monopolizing all your free time? Are you tired of always being the go-to provider for last-minute child care or carpool? Feel like you've outgrown the late-night bar scene? If you're feeling resentful, exhausted or taken advantage of, ask yourself why and learn to set personal boundaries. It's always your right to say no.
Unplug. No TV. No computer. No video games. No News. No phone. No social media. Try that for one hour each day. Then two hours. Then one day each week. Enjoy the silence. Then ask yourself how you feel. At first, it may feel uncomfortable. You may fight FOMO (fear of missing out). But taking a break from 24-hour stimulation can be the perfect reset you need for peaceful personal contentment.
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To your optimal health,