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The Best Resolution You Can Make This Year: More Self-Care

Don’t just resolve to do more self-care. Take actionable steps to make sure self-care is a part of the new year, new you plan for 2018. If you don’t have a planner or a visible, tangible way to manage your time, make that your first move of self-care. Too often as modern women of recovery, we fill our schedule by putting everyone else’s needs before our own. If we can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. Ironically, this philosophy never seems to apply to other areas of our life, except what we need to do for ourselves. Creating a visual time management system helps you see just where you have time for self care, and how much of it, as well as where you can make room for it.

Self-care is not just about taking that special “me” time to take care of yourself in the ways that are special to you. All around, self-care isn’t just a defensive strategy, but a defensive strategy as well. Sometimes, the best self-care doesn’t seem like self-care at all. Doing the things you don’t want to do, which cause you stress, like paying your bills on time, doesn’t sound luxurious at all. What is luxurious about meeting your needs in a timely manner is the lack of stress which continues to build after not doing those things.

Self-care encompasses the mind, the body, and the spirit. As you plan ways to make more room for self-care, keep in mind the various ways you can care for yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Physical self-care might include exercise, taking regular walks, stretching, going to the doctors you need to go to, drinking more water, sweating more often, taking more vitamins, and changing your diet. You might need to work in extra naps, more alternative holistic treatments, or even just reminders to tune into your muscles and let go of some tension.

Emotionally, self-care is something you do actively as well as proactively. While you are in treatment or working with a therapist for your recovery, you are learning about what triggers your stress responses and what your stress responses are. Emotional self-care means learning how to manage and regulate your emotions.  Emotional self-care also means learning how to care for, safely express, and honor your emotions. Treatment and therapy are forms of emotional self-care.

Mentally, you will find that all forms of self-care play a part, including spiritual self-care. Your mental health is more than your mental health, it is your physical, emotional, and spiritual health combined. The most beneficial tools for managing your mental health self-care is also one for your spiritual self-care: mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness and meditation are proven to decrease stress, right down to a molecular level. You’ll feel better all around and know that the 5-10 minutes of mindful meditation you practice daily, at the minimum, is the best self-care you can do for yourself in the long run.

 

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