6 Tips for Better Self-Care

August is National Wellness Month, so we have put together six steps to better self-care! Stress is inevitable, but regular stress reduction techniques can boost your immune system, improve concentration and mood, give you more energy, and provide you with a sense of control.

Step 1: Thrive On Challenge

Distinguish between solvable problems and unsolvable predicaments. If it’s a problem, get down to work. If it’s a predicament that is out of your control, realize you have to create new ways to cope with the situation.

Have trouble setting and completing your goals? Complete this handout: Goal Setting Activity

Step 2: Eat Good Things

Our food intake can have a huge impact on not only our physical health, but also how we think and feel. To make healthier food choices, we only have to make small changes over time, and be willing to try new foods. Check out this sheet for a few tips to get started.

Step 3: Get Active

What do you do for exercise? According to the CDC, only 49.9% of U.S. adults get consistent and adequate levels of physical activity. Visit the CDC’s website to learn how much activity you should be getting each week, and activity ideas. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Make it fun! Do what you love doing: Vary your activities, listen to music, play sports with friends, try yoga or go hiking
  • Use whatever time you have. Only have ten minutes? Go for a walk on your work break
  • Exercise to revitalize. If you’re feeling too tired but you’re not exhausted or ill, force yourself to workout. Start slowly, and then feel the revitalizing effect
  • For more details on current guidelines, visit the CDC’s website

Step 4: Sleep for Success

Sleep is one of the important for your mental wellbeing as for your physical wellbeing. Unfortunately, sleep is often the most neglected and easily disregarded activities when we are short on time. Sleep also has a lot of intensely important physiological effects and processes. Watch this video to learn more about the important physiological effects sleep can have, and ways ti improve your habits.

Step 5: Find Your Ritual

Much of our stress and anxiety comes from thinking about something in the future, or in the past. But having a regular routine/technique to help wind yourself down and ground yourself in the present can help you effectively manage your stress and anxiety. It’s also important to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another, so find what works for you.

Examples: Breathing exercises/meditation, coloring, yoga, essential oils, tea, getting out in nature, writing in a journal, etc.

Step 6: Stay Connected

Nothing is worse for us when we are stressed than to spend time in isolation. Spend time with friends or family, get a second job, volunteer, join a club. And talk with friends and family about stressful situations. Having someone to listen is a great stress reliever. You might even find out the at others have experienced similar difficulties.

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