The Importance of Self- Care

Adapted from Healthy Place for your Mental Health

One of the best things you can do for your mind and body is to take care of you and give yourself a break every now and then. Science shows that when you take the time to take care of you with daily self-care, you will be more productive, reduce stress and feel happier.

Use these simple self-care ideas that will only take a few minutes every day!

– snuggle with a furry friend or a human – being close to someone who provides affection (licks from the puppy count) increase oxytocin – what’s considered the love hormone.

– eat foods that nourish you – notice what foods fuel your body and mind.

– look at something beautiful – a picture or an image that makes you smile or inspires you, mindfully, for a minute. Find a favorite # on Instagram to follow – like #instagoo or #instamood.

– funny clips, GIF’s or images – laughing and smiling produce happy endorphins making it more likely you’ll be nicer to yourself and those around you.

– create confidence thoughts with affirmations – take a moment to look for inspiring quotes or phrases, read them to yourself, and make them a screensaver on your phone or computer, print them out and hang it on your mirror.

– allow yourself a little luxury – the towels you reserve for guests, use them for you, buy the nice bath salt, get a food massage, grab your favorite coffee from your favorite coffee shop, and treat your body with some love.

R – read a blog or book that inspires you or that you have been looking forward to.

– enjoy a warm beverage, a cup of tea or coffee – become mindful of the little the things throughout the day that make you feel good.

Doing these little things everyday will make an improvement in your self-esteem.