Healthy Habits

Sustaining Self-Care

Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits

With the obligations and unexpected needs of day-to-day life, it is important to take purposeful steps to maintain and restore your personal well-being.

Practicing self-care is an essential and replenishing act that can benefit your happiness, stress-levels, and overall productivity. Self-care = Self-love. It is not selfish to focus on self-care, rather a method to nourish your body, mind, and soul. Keep it simple with these tips and take care!

Physical

  • Join the “ParkRX” and “forest bathing” movements – enjoy a walk, hike, or bike ride outdoors. Learn more at https://www.parkrx.org/ and https://www.theparkcatalog.com/blog/forest-bathing-park/.
  • Try a new workout class in-person, through an online resource, or by using a free app.
  • Dance your heart out.
  • Challenge yourself to cook a new and nutritious recipe.
  • Stick to a sleep schedule.
  • Take a 5-minute stretch break.

Practical

  • Declutter your desk, closet, or computer folders.
  • Meal prep for the upcoming week.
  • Clean out personal spaces, including your car and work area.
  • Establish a morning and evening routine.
  • Make a budget and check in weekly to track your progress.

Emotional

  • Make a daily or weekly gratitude list.
  • Practice positive self-talk or leave words of encouragement on sticky notes.
  • Light a candle and practice a new form of meditation.
  • Go stargazing, watch a sunset, or simply be in nature.

Intellectual

Mental

  • Take time to journal and self-reflect.
  • Verbalize and talk about your feelings with a friend or loved one.
  • Watch your favorite movie or TV show to unwind.
  • Treat yourself to an at-home spa day.
  • Take five minutes to practice mindful breathing.

Social

  • Call a friend or family member to catch up.
  • Write a thank you note to a family member, friend, or co-worker.
  • Share a device-free dinner with family.
  • Join a live workout with a local gym.
  • Start or join an online book club.
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