Guilderland, NY -The start of a new year is a great time to review, reflect and plan. Many of us make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, and lose the extra weight gained over the holiday season. This year, why don’t we shift our mindset and resolve to improve self-care? In doing so, we make goals to take better care of who we are now, by improving physical, mental and emotional health. Here are some suggestions to improve self-care in 2018:
Focus on Personal Wellbeing: At first, you may think that self-care is selfish. This is simply not true. Many of us are not used to putting our own needs before the needs of those around us. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup. In fact, self-care is necessary if we want to continue to be able to provide and care for others to the best of our ability. Eat colorful, nutrient dense foods, move everyday, prioritize a good nights sleep, get outdoors, set aside some “me-time”, start and end your day with gratitude. In the long run, making the time to focus on your own health and well being will make you a better parent, spouse, partner and friend.
Let Go of Unrealistic Expectations: We are often our own biggest enemy when it comes to setting high expectations for ourselves and “failing” to achieve them. Let go of the idea of perfection and high expectations when setting New Year’s resolutions. Make the conscious choice to be kind to yourself and to focus on your needs at the present moment. This will significantly lower stress levels and lead to a significantly happier and healthier daily life.
Establish Healthy Boundaries: A key component of self-care is setting boundaries and sticking to them. This means learning to say NO and to not feel guilty about it. This can be a hard practice at first, because we often worry about letting down or upsetting our friends, family and co-workers. Be true to yourself and in your particular needs at the present moment. Saying “no” allows you to focus your effort and intent on particular tasks that you have already committed to.
De-Clutter: Cleaning up, clearing out, and organizing your surroundings is very empowering. Donate items that you have not worn, that no longer serve purpose, or do not bring joy to your life. A clutter-free space will make you feel much less mentally cluttered as well.
Remember that self- care is an essential part of achieving optimal physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Make a resolution to become the best version of yourself this year. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy 2018! If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415.
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