Self-Care 101: Finding time for you and rejuvination

January 1, 2021
Samantha Domingo

People are busy by nature, especially when balancing work and home life. That being said, it’s important to practice self-care when you can. Self-care comes in many forms and can range from ensuring you take extra time to do the basics to pampering yourself.

It is no surprise that working in the healthcare field can be demanding. Some healthcare workers are facing 12-hour shifts, an abundance of patients at a time, and absolute chaos as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For many people, me-time is usually ranked last on the agenda. People are busy by nature, especially when balancing work and home life. That being said, it’s important to practice self-care when you can. Self-care comes in many forms and can range from ensuring you take extra time to do the basics to pampering yourself.

The basics of self-care are to live healthy and practice good hygiene. This means eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons—it improves the way others view you, and how you view yourself.

Find different ways to relax. Reducing stress is the key to self-care. Find what works best for you when it comes to relaxing—it could be taking an extra-long nap, meditating, doing yoga, or even eating your favorite comfort food while having a Netflix binge. Practicing self-care can be as easy as taking a moment to enjoy the little things.

Treat yourself. It’s perfectly healthy to indulge yourself every once in a while. So go ahead and eat a pint of death-by-chocolate ice cream, open up that bottle of wine you’ve been saving, do a little retail therapy, and decompress.  

Learn when to say “no” to others. Many of us feel obligated to say “yes” when someone asks for our time, especially when it’s family or friends. Learning how to say “no” can be hard and takes practice, but it can be beneficial to your own well-being. It is important to prioritize yourself every now and then.

Schedule your self-care time. It can be hard for us to find extra time, but by planning a day off, we can ensure that nothing gets in the way of self-care time. Use this extra time to disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated.

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