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10 ideas to add to your #self-care routine

Understand this popular trend

We’ve all seen the #selfcare selfies on social media — a woman treating herself to a soothing face mask in the bathtub or a man slurping down healthy green juice after a long workout. More and more, people are promoting the importance of self-care and incorporating it into a weekly routine. But, what is self-care? And, when do you need it? How can you get started?

Self-care is simple

Self-care, by definition, means to care for oneself (we told you it’s simple!). And, there are so many benefits. From improved mood and attitude to increased productivity and energy, everyone can benefit from a little self-care. It’s all about what’s good for your body and mind!

Is self-care right for me?

Self-care is a great option for anyone who needs a quick boost in energy or a mindset adjustment. But even after incorporating self-care tactics, some people might need a little more support. It can be intimidating to reach out and ask for help, but according to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness External Site. And, 6 of the top 10 conditions impacting the millennial generation External Site are related to mental health and emotional well-being. It’s so important to discuss any concerns you have with a trusted personal doctor or resource.

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Start making self-care a habit

We've compiled a list of fun and easy ways to make self-care a habit in your life. Challenge yourself to try one self-care tactic per week for the next month. At the end of the month, ask yourself: How do I feel? Has my attitude improved? How are my relationships? Can I continue this long-term?

10 ideas for self-care

  1. Read a book. Yes, these things still exist! Put down the cell phone or tablet and pick up a book. Your eyes will thank you for the screen time break, and your mind will thank you for the workout!
  2. Get some sleep. Try taking a nap or getting a full eight hours of sleep (can you imagine?!) You’ll be amazed at what a little shut eye can do for your brain.
  3. Clear your mind. Dim the lights, light a candle, and focus on your breath. There are even apps available to help guide your relaxation. There’s no right or wrong way to clear your mind!
  4. Get moving. Endorphins are the hormones released when you exercise. And guess what? They make you feel happy! So take a walk, do some jumping jacks, or just dance like no one’s watching.
  5. Treat yourself. You know that handbag you’ve been eyeing? Or that massage you’ve been saving up to splurge on? Go for it.
  6. Enjoy a snack. Everything in moderation, including moderation! Sometimes indulging in your favorite food is the right thing to do for your mental health.
  7. Meet up with a friend. A long talk with an old friend will benefit your heart and your mind.
  8. Give back. Sometimes the best way to make yourself feel better is to make others feel better. Help out a friend, volunteer, or treat someone to coffee to make their day.
  9. Get outside. Your mom was right, a little fresh air will do you good. So head to a park, an outdoor concert, or your nearest restaurant patio to enjoy the breeze and sunshine.
  10. Laugh. Never underestimate the power of a good belly laugh. Plug into a funny podcast or stream the newest stand-up special, you’ll be happy you did.