Self-Care. What comes up for you when you hear this phrase. Do you imagine spending the day at the spa for hours of pampering? Or is it spending a few minutes during the day with mindful deep breathing? Either way works.
However I’d like to take the more practical approach to self-care. One that doesn’t take too much money or even time, but can be incorporated as part of your daily routine.
Here’s a definition I love: “The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness.”
What can you practice daily to protect your well-being? I like this infographic created by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. It focuses on the six areas of lifestyle medicine: Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Management, Sleep, Connection and Avoidance of Substances.
These healthy lifestyle behaviors are ways to take care of yourself to protect your well-being.
I invite you to pick one you can take action on this week! One thing you can try if you find yourself resistant is to make it easy for you to do that there’s no question if you would do it or not.
What do I mean? Well I recently started reading BJ Fogg’s book, Tiny Habits. His example of a tiny habit is flossing just one tooth every night. I know sounds kind of silly, but he knew it would be doable so he did it and one small success led to bigger ones. Eventually he was flossing all his teeth every night.
I’d love to hear which behavior you picked and how you made it easy to do!
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