Ten Simple Things You Can Do for Effective Self-Care

“In the event of an emergency, please be sure to secure yourself before you attempt to come to the aid of others.”

That’s what they tell passengers at the beginning of each flight.  And it’s true about your life journey as well.  In order to be more helpful to others, you must take care of yourself first.  

But life comes at you fast and there are so many things you have to do. 

So you need to set aside some time to slow down.  Set aside some time to relax.  Set aside some time to breathe.

Here are ten things you can do to practice self-care:

  1. Have fun. Do something you like to do and don’t feel the need to apologize for it.
  2. Unplug. Turn off your cell phone for an hour.  The world will survive without your immediate attention.
  3. Walk. If you don’t have time to find a nice trail, just walk around the block.  It’s good for the mind, body and spirit.
  4. Play a game.
  5. Allow someone to do something nice for you. Benjamin Franklin said this is a great way to make a friend.  It’s counterintuitive, but it actually works.
  6. Call somebody you haven’t heard from in a while.
  7. Plant something--in a pot or in the ground. Soil is actually good for you.
  8. Stay home and relax when you would normally go out.
  9. Go to a movie.
  10. Lay on your back and just breathe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXItOY0sLRY

These activities will help, but remember:  your goal is to make self-care a habit, a way of life.