10 Self-Care Practices to Put Yourself First

Whether it's treating yourself to your favorite coffee or listening to your favorite song in the car, small actions can make big impacts on your mental health.

10 Self-Care Practices to Put Yourself First

Too often we give our free time and energy to helping others until we burnout and can't even help ourselves. But putting yourself first can help you refresh and stay healthy for your family. At its core, self-care is about treating yourself with love and respect and doing something that brings you joy. While many people believe that self-care is a luxury afforded only to those who have lots of time on their hands, life coach and author Cheryl Richardson says that's not the case.

Richardson says self-care isn't about time management, it's about self-management — using your time and energy to take small steps that can help improve your overall happiness and well-being. Whether it's treating yourself to your favorite coffee or listening to your favorite song in the car, small actions can make big impacts on your mental health.


Put on Some Music and Dance

Play your favorite song or a playlist of your favorite music and dance in any way you need to. Music can really soothe your mind while the physical act of dancing can help calm your frustrations.

Watch: Learn Zumba Dance Moves!

Is This the Best Snack to Help You Maintain Your Weight Loss?

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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