How do we balance the effects of stress? That’s been the focus of a majority of my clients lately so I felt it time to share some thoughts on this incredibly important subject. You see, most of us have grown up with the idea that Self Care is Selfish! We were taught to always look after others first however in any emergency situation, we are taught the opposite. When you travel by air, the safety instructions in the event that oxygen masks are needed is to put yours on first and then you can be sure you are able to assist others! So – it’s time to revisit the importance of self care and create a new plan of action so that we keep our energy fuel tank at a healthy operating level. I found a wonderful article from Elizabeth Scott, M.S. that I agree with on for 10 self care strategies.
You can’t always control the circumstances that life throws your way, but you can control how well you take care of yourself. Taking proper care of your body, soul and mind can keep you in optimum shape for handling stress. The following are some important basic self care strategies that can keep you functioning well and ready for life’s challenges.
Sleep is very important for your emotional and physical wellbeing. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your ability to handle stress, be productive, and function properly. Unfortunately, busy schedules and stress can make sleep more elusive. Here are some important ways you can make sleep come more easily. And if you really aren’t able to get enough sleep at night, don’t underestimate the value of a power nap!