Nikki is back this week for another guest blog! She is sharing her insight into the importance of taking care of yourself. There are so many sources of stress we encounter each day… physical, chemical, emotional and environmental… it becomes vital to take time to lower our stress and prevent its buildup in our lives.
Dr. Brian and I were talking the other day about things we could do to lower stress. He asked me what I do for myself to help decrease my stress. To my surprise, I couldn’t name one thing off the top of my head.
It got me thinking, what do I do throughout the day that is something for myself. The answer: not enough! I noticed most of us don’t even stop to think about self-care, but it’s soooo important and does not take as much time as we think!
I get it, we are busy! Life gets crazy and sometimes it’s hard to even take time to think about adding something for ourselves into our busy schedule, but focusing for just 10-20 minutes can make a tremendous difference.
Check Out Some Of My Ideas For Better Self-Care:
• The first thing on my list to make sure I actually get my self-care in is to use a planner or a calendar to intentionally schedule “me time”
• Turn off all electronics
• Take a walk and enjoy the outdoors! (A little sunshine will do you good!)
• Take that 20-minute nap – especially on days you feel worn down!
• Put in the time to prep healthy food, like fresh fruits and veggies. You’d be surprised at how much better we feel when we are getting the proper nutrition!
• Donate to a charity that means something to you
• Visit the local library and get a book about a topic you’ve been interested in but haven’t taken the time to read
• Write a list of all the things you’re grateful for
• Tell the people in your life how much you appreciate them!
• Take a bath (we all need a little relaxation in our life)
• Chiropractic care! Adjustments remove stress from our bodies
What About YOU?
Did something in my list jump out at you? Help you think of some ideas?
Another Tip: Try to always take a moment at the end of each day and consciously list all the good things in your life, this really helps me refocus my emotions and is a positive way to end each day.
Now that you’re thinking about self-care, what have you wanted to do but never take the time to do it? Remember to actually schedule yourself into your agenda!
You deserve it!
Nikki Demars is the Chiropractic Assistant at Peak Performance. She loves to help others find ways to improve their health, reduce stress, and lead a more positive life.
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