Taking Care of Ourselves

Have you felt like you were on hamster wheel running, running, running and never resting?  Well that can be a common scenario for many of us.  Running between work commitments, family commitments, and in general “life” commitments can take its toll on our mental and physical well-being.  Ask yourself “When was the last time I had fun”? or “When was the last time I did something for me”?  As little as 15 to 30 minutes a day of “you” time can really help recharge our batteries and boost our coping skills with whatever life throws at us.    Here are some ideas to help you relax.

Take a nice warm shower or bath.
Listen to some relaxing music.
Explore meditation.
Try some yoga stretches and breathing techniques.
Play some sports.
Go for a walk or run.
Read a good book.
Laugh.  Watch a comedy show or even try Laughing Yoga.
Make a good home cooked meal.
Get a massage.
Spend some time in your garden.
Play with your pets.
Take you breaks when at work.  Breaks can help to clear our minds.  It is better to work smarter than longer.

Remember to put yourself on top of your list.  If you sit at the bottom of the list you are likely to wake up one day with no “gas” in your tank.  Self care can make you a happier and more productive person.

Embrace the Day!