How to Start Practicing Self-Care

January is Self-Care Month.

Taking care of your self isn’t just having manicures and “treating yourself” once in a while.
 Self-care is about ensuring your most basic needs are being met. And that can take time.
Sometimes, looking after your self is harder than it seems.

It’s a new year, and with it comes a new opportunity starting with those basic but important needs that we often overlook.
Start by scheduling and prioritizing time for yourself and then self-care will become as routine as brushing your teeth before leaving the house.


Sleep

The key to sleeping the ideal amount is creating a routine and sticking to it.
Try going to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning – even on days off from work.
Humans need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function well.
If you have trouble falling asleep, remember to keep lighting low, stay warm, try to relax before bed and definitely avoid looking at your phone, computer or TV screen.

Hydrate

It is recommended that women drink 91 ounces (2.7 liters) of water daily, from both beverages and food.
Depending on your diet, about 25 percent of the water you consume comes from your food.
Creating a routine around drinking water will make it easier to drink more.
Having a reusable drink bottle placed on your desk at work, or by your bed or couch at home is a great reminder.

Get Moving

Setting aside time each day to get your body moving will help give you energy as well as a mental boost.
 Whether it’s dancing around the house, going for a walk through nature, or stretching—getting exercise in one form or another is important for self-care.
Just because you don’t do Pilates or own a gym membership doesn’t mean you can’t put 10 minutes aside every morning or night to roll your shoulders a few times.

 Breathe Deeply

The great thing about sitting still and breathing is that it’s a great way to clear and refresh your mind.
Breathing in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth, at your own pace, is a practice as old as time.
It’s been shown in studies that mindful stillness relieves anxiety.
There are some excellent Guided meditation apps will take the guess work out of relaxing.

Feel

On the surface, we might feel fine - maybe a little irritable but we might be covering up the fact that we desperately need a hug and a good cry.
“Checking in” with yourself is a valuable part of basic self-care because it’s about listening our basic emotional needs.
Journaling is a really simple, self-care activity that helps me access my emotions, and then remove them.
It’s get the emotions or aggression out and I feel better.

Cleanse

So while this not as essential to your survival as sleep, food and drinking water, having a relaxing shower or bath is pretty important.
While the world won’t end if you skip a shower one day, keeping your body extra clean, won't just protect you from bacteria and infection, it’ll feel good in your mind, too.

If you normally take showers, make an agreement with yourself to have a bath every other day and vice versa, light up some candles, play relaxing music – it does wonders!


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~Jennifer