What You Need to Know About Self-Care

Use this list of self-care ideas to reduce stress and bring yourself renewed happiness.

Self-care is something we've all heard a lot about recently, but it's hard to know exactly what it is or how to do it. That's because it's different for everyone: it essentially means making time every day for something that grants you pleasure and fulfillment. We spoke to life coach and author Cheryl Richardson to learn more, and she reminded us that "self-care isn't about time management, it's about self-management." When our lives get hectic and we feel compelled to do a million things for the people around us, our own well-being is often the first thing to get compromised. However, when we take just twenty minutes a day to be selfish, actively choosing to preserve our mental health, we are better able to give more fully and meaningfully to others. Once you make it a habit, you will begin to experience reduced stress and the overall peace of mind you've been missing out on. Print out this one-sheet of self-care ideas and keep it somewhere you will see it. Don't be afraid to mix and match and get creative so you find the right self-care strategy for you.


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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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