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Four Ways to Better Self Care Now

Posted on 05/11/2018 at 12:54 PM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists

By Paige Harnish, LISW

Licensed Mental Health Clinician & Behavioral Health Specialist

Iowa Weight Loss Specialists’ behavioral health expert Paige Harnish, LISW is a role model for self-care and has knowledge to share about how we can take better care of ourselves.

Life’s demands can seem never ending. Demands seem to be growing and there never seems to be enough time to catch up. In considering which areas to make priorities in our lives, we seem to miss the most important aspect—us. We find ourselves taking care of everyone else and forgetting about ourselves and our own needs. We must remember that we cannot be the best individuals, parents, family members, co-workers or classmates unless we take care of ourselves and make ourselves a priority.

There are things to consider right now that can promote better self care. Investing in your personal self care can promote a wide variety of benefits including better mental health and physical health. People who participate in regular self care have reported lower baseline anxiety, better productivity, and higher self-esteem.

#1 Say “No”

Stress related to difficulty managing work/life balance often accrues due to over-commitment. Remind yourself that it’s okay to say “no” to commitments you are not interested in or do not have the time for. Setting limits and boundaries will help simplify your life, reduce stress, and allow for more time to devote to more important ventures.

#2 Alone Time

Life’s demands often include back to back commitments and little time to rest or relax. As difficult as personal time may be to arrange, make time to spend by yourself. Alone time allows for the opportunity to concentrate, unwind, restore and engage in tasks you prefer.

#3 Find a Hobby

Because we’re often occupied by things we have to do, we often lose sight of things we enjoy doing. Remember, saying “no” to other commitments can allow for more time to do things we enjoy. Connect with a hobby you love and commit to partaking in the hobby on a regular basis. Hobbies can be great for stress relief and healthy sources of physical activity.

#4 Fun!

Fun may be the last thing we feel we have time for, but fun is a necessity. Having fun has been linked to a wide variety of mental health benefits including stress reduction, better mood, positive coping, improved energy, restful sleep, and improved relationships.  

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