Take Care Of You

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Take Care Of You

Sometimes it all gets to be a little much.  Life can get overwhelming, work can be crazy, family obligations can be draining, and even the things we enjoy like volunteering can add pressure.  There is a reason why we hear phrases like “recharge your batteries” or “take some ME time”.  We all need to prioritize a bit of self-care.

In the child welfare field, we hear about self-care often, but what exactly is self-care? Selfcare is anything you do to take care of yourself so you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. 

We all have different approaches to self-care.  If you are looking for a way to recharge your batteries, here are some ideas:

  • Sit outside in the evening and star-gaze.
  • Join a book club – you’ll get to indulge in good books and good company.
  • Go fishing. Catch and release or fry up your catch.
  • Take a bike ride.  Enjoy the view.
  • Spend some time in the garden.  If you grow veggies, eat them.  If you grow roses, take the time to smell them.
  • Make art.  Paint, draw, sculpt.  Not very creative? Grab a coloring book and crayons.
  • Take a hiatus from social media.
  • Crank up the music and have a dance party in the kitchen.
  • Take a nice long Sunday drive.  Maybe even get lost.
  • Learn how to cook a new dish and then sit down and savor it.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Recapture your childhood.  Go to the park and swing or fly a kite.
  • Spend a cozy day inside cuddled in a soft blanket and read a good book or binge-watch something new.
  • Go for a hike at a National Park.
  • Have a brunch, lunch, or dinner date with a good friend.
  • Go to bed early.  Sleep in.
  • Play fetch with your dog.
  • Make sure you drink lots of water.
  • Have a family game night. Laugh a lot.
  • Spend some time pampering yourself.
  • Do something nice for someone.
  • Learn and use a breathing exercise.

Remember that when you take care of yourself, you are better able to give your best to your family, job, and other obligations. 

Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite way to take care of yourself.

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