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Your 2020 self-care guide to a healthier and happier lifestyle

      Self-Care is Important

"Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others." - Parker Palmer 

Being on the constant grind is not an easy task, and more often than not, we forget to take care of ourselves. Yes you are busy; you are swamped with those many deadlines. But sooner or later you will burn out and you will be stuck in that mental fog, struggling for air. 

It's also important to remember that self-care isn't a one time thing to check off your list of things to do. It consists of a series of steps you practice daily to soothe you, mentally and physically. 

I should know. Freshman year of college I got stuck in a rut. I stopped going out and doing the things that I love, and ultimately I was the one who paid the price. Only until I realized that I myself am a priority did I return to being me again. So, I am going to share a few tips with you guys that helped me.

Step 1: A positive outlook

Especially in times like these, those that are full of uncertainty, we need to give ourselves a lil' extra love. Times are tough and as a result, people struggle to stay optimistic. Remedy this by starting to view the glass as half full. Don't dwell on the fact that you only did one thing on your checklist. Rather, think that you did that one thing so incredibly well and that you're one step closer to your goal. This may seem silly, but a positive outlook to life brings about more positive emotions.
After all, it is about progress, not perfection.

Step 2: Do things for you

Be a bit selfish. Make it a point to do one thing for yourself every day, just because you want to. Whether it be at home, or at work, a big portion of each of our days is spent fulfilling other people's requests. There is certainly no harm in allotting just one part of your day to yourself.

Step 3: Get out of your comfort zone

Have you been wanting to learn a new skill but just haven't gotten down to doing something about it? Well, now is the time! For me, baking and cooking bring me great peace of mind. For others, it might be cycling or working out. Whether you like folding batter with your hands or performing the downward dog, find your niche and get going.

Step 4: Escape reality

This is one of the most important steps that helped me and it can be done in two ways. First, plan your next trip! Even if I have no plans of travelling anytime soon, just the idea of it happening in the near-distant future really excites me.
Second, pick up a book! Books are a portal to another world and you should use this to your advantage. If you're feeling stressed and exhausted in the real world, choose where you want to escape to. Are you stranded on an island with your loved one or are you helping solve a murder mystery? Regardless, that's your business!

Just a reminder!

While these tips helped me, they may not be as impactful for someone else. Each individual is different and the main idea I am trying to portray to you is that you should start doing what you love. Start a new hobby, try something new or just do something because you feel like it.
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