Iowa Specialty Hospital

Greg's Greetings

October 7, 2019

At our next LDI we are going to be focusing on self-care, reward and recognition and finding balance.  What is self-care?  Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.  Sounds simple – right?  Not really, and it is something we often overlook.  Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. 

We often don’t think twice about putting self-care on the back burner as we try and keep up with our busy lives.  Although not easy, you should not avoid taking care of yourself as more often than not, it takes a wake-up call to notice the toll this busy lifestyle takes on our lives. 

To help get started, here are 10 easy habits to consider:

  1. Go for a run or a light jog (of course, consult a doctor prior to any new exercise program)
  2. Meditate or do deep breathing for five minutes
  3. Take a break when you need it
  4. Choose who you spend time with
  5. Laugh heartily at least once a day
  6. Eat green daily
  7. Avoid emotional eating
  8. Start a journal
  9. Learn to say ‘No’
  10. Stop overthinking

Hopefully, you will be able to use one or more of these and start your journey on better self-care.  Remember this quote from Anne Lamott, an American novelist, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

Until next time……

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