Byline: Emily Osterhaus
It’s been a long and busy day. Maybe your week has been full of them. You’re tired, burnt out, and a little frazzled. What do you do? Pour a glass of wine, treat yourself to some pizza, take a nature walk, or do a face mask? Yeah, me too. But does that one treat at the end of a stressful period really make you feel any better? Wouldn’t it be better in the long run to make time for those things that bring you joy and help you avoid stress? Of course it would, you know I’m right about this. Self care is more than just trying to remedy stress; it’s doing everything you can to prevent it too.
With that being said, I challenge you (and myself) to do the following:
Actually take a break from work or studying during your breaks. Don’t eat at your desk. Step away, you’ll probably be more productive that way anyway.
Make a routine, whether that be for when you get your exercise in or when you take your breaks.
Allow yourself to make mistakes. Whether it be at work, in your diet, or in your personal life- it’s okay, I promise.
Make time and space for the things you love everyday. Don’t wait until the weekend. If you love to paint, you should paint. If you love having an ice cream after dinner, you should have some dang ice cream.
Take care of yourself and treat your body right. Fuel your body with nourishing foods. Try finding a diet and fitness program that works for you and makes you feel your best. Your body will thank you.
September is Self Care Awareness month, so this is a great time to start fresh on your self care journey. And here’s something that Laurie Buchanan, PhD said to look back on if you fall off the horse… “Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health—body, mind, and spirit.”