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How Self Care Can Ease Your Pain

October 4, 2020

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How Self Care Can Ease Your Pain

As a blogger, I get to find topics that are fun, interesting and trending to talk to about with you, my amazing audience. Today is Saturday, a day filled with possibilities, rest, fun. As a nurse, I work 12 days and then take 2 days off. I choose to work this schedule because I am also a single mom and like the extra money. So today is Day 1 of my 2 days off.

Taking care of yourself is one of my core topics. This year, 2020, it’s a hot word because so many people were stuck at home during this not-so-fun virus. The term gets tossed around like a salad. What is self-care exactly?

Prioritizing You

Self Care is making yourself the top priority for a specific amount of time.  This isn’t a time to multitask work, parenting, etc.  It’s time set aside for whatever is most important for you right now.

 

To clarify what is most important in my free time, I ask myself this question:

At the end of this day, what will make me feel successful?

For instance, today we have scheduled making Halloween cookies with my daughter and granddaughter.

This activity is the 1 thing I want to accomplish today. So, no matter what else does or doesn’t get done I will be happy with this day making Halloween cookies with my girls.

 

Emotional

Self-care is finding ways emotionally, spiritually and physically to meet your needs in a meaningful way.

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Emotional can look like so many things. Here are a few:

Journaling

Growth Plans

Creating a beautiful space for yourself

Reading affirmations daily

Limiting time around difficult people

Spending time with friends

Spiritual

This can relate to God/or Higher Power or not.

Spiritual care can look like

Nourishing your soul

Meditation

Striving for purpose and meaning

Physical

This is focusing on taking care of and nurturing your body.

Rest

Massage

Mani/Pedi

Eating well

You want to include things on this list that are enjoyable, not things that feel like an obligation.

 

 

 

Self-Care Ideas

Here are some links to popular free resources to help make yourself a priority. Check them out today!

Psychcentral.com/What self-care is and isn’t

Psychology Today: 12 Better Ways To Take Care Of Yourself

5 Practices For Every Area Of Your Life

Why You Don’t Need A Lot Of Time Or Money To Make Yourself A Priority

45 Simple Practices For A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul

 

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