New year, new you. This week, take some time each day to focus on yourself with self-care. What is it? Self-care means purposefully making time to pay attention to yourself and your needs in order to reduce stress and simplify life. For many of us, life is hectic, and we put others’ needs before our own — whether it be at work or with family or friends. Each day this week, challenge yourself to put YOU first and practice self-care in a different aspect of your life.

Today, focus on what’s good for your body.
  • Start with a good night’s sleep. Make an effort to go to bed earlier than you normally would and take note of how you feel the next day after getting more sleep.
  • Eat well. Today, listen to your body. Make sure you’re eating enough to provide your body the energy it needs. Take time at work to eat meals and healthy snacks when you’re hungry.
  • Exercise. It might not be your favorite thing to do, but you don’t have to run a marathon to take care of yourself. Spend some time at the gym, doing yoga, or even taking a walk around your neighborhood. Do something physical that makes you (and your body) happy.
Mind over matter — come back tomorrow for tips on mental self-care.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101

New year, new you. This week, take some time each day to focus on yourself with self-care. What is it? Self-care means purposefully making time to pay attention to yourself and your needs in order to reduce stress and simplify life. For many of us, life is hectic, and we put others’ needs before our own — whether it be at work or with family or friends. Each day this week, challenge yourself to put YOU first and practice self-care in a different aspect of your life.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Take care of your mind today.
  • Get to know yourself better.
  • Think about your personality and what makes you happy. Spend 30 minutes doing something that pleases your mind, whether it be reading a favorite book, doing a crossword, or even playing with your favorite furry friend.
  • Take a mental break. Once or twice today, look away from your computer and think about something else for a few minutes. Listen to a favorite song, get up and walk around, get yourself some water. Shifting gears, even for a short time, can help rejuvenate your mind.
  • Debrief from a busy day. After work, try and turn off that part of your brain. Listen to music or a podcast on your way home. Talk to a loved one. Transitioning from work mode to relax mode will help relieve stress.
    Home is where the heart is — tomorrow we’re talking self-care through your surroundings.

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https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101

New year, new you. This week, take some time each day to focus on yourself with self-care. What is it? Self-care means purposefully making time to pay attention to yourself and your needs in order to reduce stress and simplify life. For many of us, life is hectic, and we put others’ needs before our own — whether it be at work or with family or friends. Each day this week, challenge yourself to put YOU first and practice self-care in a different aspect of your life.
The world around you affects you more than you think, including your home. Try to make some small changes today to make your living space sing.
  • Spend a few minutes fixing something small. Have a burned out light bulb? Old food in the fridge? An unmade bed? Take a few minutes to fix it – you’ll feel productive and your space will be a little nicer.
  • Cut out some clutter. You don’t have to clean out your whole closet – just donate a few pieces you don’t wear anymore. Have a huge mail stack? Toss out the things you don’t need. Straighten up your kitchen table so you’ll actually have room to indulge in a nice seated meal.
  • Customize your home to you. Burn a candle with your favorite scent. Put up pictures of friends, family and good memories. Buy your favorite fresh flowers for your table. Make your home somewhere you love to be.

Self-care shouldn’t be a job — for day 4 (tomorrow) we’ll focus on caring for yourself at work.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101

New year, new you. This week, take some time each day to focus on yourself with self-care. What is it? Self-care means purposefully making time to pay attention to yourself and your needs in order to reduce stress and simplify life. For many of us, life is hectic, and we put others’ needs before our own — whether it be at work or with family or friends. Each day this week, challenge yourself to put YOU first and practice self-care in a different aspect of your life.

You likely spend a lot of time at your job. Today, try some ways to make your work day work for you.
  • Shake things up. Try a different route to work to break up your routine. Treat yourself to a delicious morning coffee, or even a pastry. Reorganize your work space.
  • Play to your strengths. Think about something you’re good at and enjoy doing at your job, and take time today to enjoy the task and recognize your skills.
  • Ask for help – or offer it. Remember, you’re not alone. If you feel overwhelmed at work, reach out to a coworker. And if you see someone who needs help, offer your services. It’ll make you both feel better.
Tomorrow, nurture yourself with nature tomorrow on day 5 of our challenge.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101

New year, new you. This week, take some time each day to focus on yourself with self-care. What is it? Self-care means purposefully making time to pay attention to yourself and your needs in order to reduce stress and simplify life. For many of us, life is hectic, and we put others’ needs before our own — whether it be at work or with family or friends. Each day this week, challenge yourself to put YOU first and practice self-care in a different aspect of your life.
The world around us is filled with natural wonder. On this fifth and final day of self-care, take notice of your environment.
  •  Get outdoors. Take 15 minutes to be in the sun. The fresh air and vitamin D could give you a whole new perspective on that problem that’s been bothering you.
  • Bring nature to you. Plant some flowers or a tree in your yard that you can see from a window in your home. Don’t have a green thumb? Get a desk plant or succulent to bring the outdoors in with you.
  • Interact with an animal. Have a furry friend? Really notice today how much they love you, and give them some love in return. Petless? Keep an eye out for a dog you can pet. Notice birds chirping or squirrels playing. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
This week, you’ve taken some time to focus on yourself. Did you really enjoy an area of self-care? Take it forward into the year.

 

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101