6 Self-Care Tips

Are you taking care of You?

solo walk for self-care
Solo walk

What self-care tips are you following this summer? What is self-care you might ask? It’s when you actively engage in an activity you have decided will enhance your emotional, physically and/or mentally. The term self-care is often so loosely thrown around you may have to stop and ask just what it is. The good news is that it’s entirely up to you. The moment it becomes about someone else, it’s no longer self-care. At that point, it’s just caring for others and defeats the purpose. Therefore, it is imperative for these self-care tips to become a part of your lifestyle. Also, the best part is self-care cost as little or as much as you decide. Really, there is no reason not to do it.


Self-Care Tips

Try Something New

Trying a new activity is a fun self-care tip to follow. So much falls into this category. Over the years these things have varied depending on what was going on in my life. I remember taking tennis lessons,swimming , skating lessons and don’t even ask why I didn’t learn to skate as a child. How could I forget my foray into softball and flag football?

Vacation Or Stay-cation

Take a vacation or even a stay-cation. I believe vacation is self-explanatory but I will use this opportunity to mention my recent trip to Orlando for a Star Wars Half Marathon. It was so nice to get away for a few days. Anytime you can exercise and have fun, it’s a win-win situation. Of course, there is always the road trip to the beach. Stay-cations are an opportunity to explore your own city as a tourist but without the hassles of packing and traveling. Visit your local museums, a baseball game, have dinner at a swanky restaurant, go on a tour, visit the parks and gardens. I’m amazed at how much I learn and how inexpensive it is to explore locally.

Explore New Foods
picture of a salad with nuts during self-care
Mixed Greens Salad

Trying new recipes is the perfect self-care tip for foodies. Many people are pulling out the grills this time of year. Grilling is a great way to add flavor without the added calories that tend to go with fried foods. Many vegetables and fruit can be added to the grill. If you aren’t a fan of grilling consider giving old recipes a do-over with new flavors from some bold spices other than salt.

Grow Socially

Get social by reconnecting with family or old friends. Invite a few of them over for a summer cookout. This is an opportunity to try new foods by setting a theme with a healthy flare. If each guest brings a dish to share it takes away some of the event planning stress. The ideas are endless and could include such themes as a luau or Mardi gras. Food doesn’t have to be the focal point. This is also the perfect opportunity to take a group walk, bike ride or fitness class together.

Just Have Me Time

Hang with yourself on a solo date. Sometimes it’s fun just to hang out with yourself. Deciding to treat yourself to a spa day, lunch, movies, or good ole workout. Some of my best times have been spent shopping alone or going on a solo bike ride.

Practice Mindfulness Activities

Practicing mindfulness is a great way to get in tune with yourself, reduce stress and its free. It is the process of practicing awareness and acceptance of the present moment. Mindfulness has been proven to not only help lower stress but also assist with pain management, weight management as well as alleviate many of the symptoms of mental illness. There are many types of mindfulness activities that you could practice alone or with others including, deep breathing, meditation, mindful eating, adult coloring, and yoga.

Your Health

Self-care isn’t just about what we do in the gym or the food on our plates. It really should take a holistic approach. There is a direct correlation between practicing self-care, lowered stress levels and improved mental health. Per the American Psychological Association, exercise reduces stress. Lower stress levels have a positive impact on mental health, especially for those living with anxiety and depression. These 6 self-care tips shouldn’t be a rare treat but instead it should be a part of your regular routine. The next time you begin to feel overwhelmed with the thought of trying to manage too many things at once, just stop and breathe. Remember, it is okay to say NO. This may sound a bit cliché but I try to live by the mantra, “you can’t pour from an empty vessel.”


My long break up

sugar-6-1466970I can’t believe it has come to this. By now, I have scoured the internet and read just about every article, blog and forum discussion on the subject of sugar. I know all about the ills of sugar, impact on weight, how it attributes to diabetes, obesity and is a factor in heart disease. I am still searching for that one article that explains how all the other billion articles and research are really myths and sugar is actually my friend. I know that article exists somewhere on the world wide web. Until then I guess I just have to go with the research from the CDC, WHO and other top medical experts that insist sugar is basically a killer. Even as I type,  this is becoming so painful with each stroke of the keyboard. I am in love with sugar. What I really mean to say is that I am in love with soda.

Oh how I love you, but I know you mean me no good. I know you lead me on, with your sweet smell, taste, and pretty packaging. After all, red is my favorite color and that font is so pretty. Remember the time you had a signature bottle with my name spelled out right on the side? Oh, I know you mean me no good. You and I have been together for quite some time, I mean we go wayyyyyy back. Okay, some of my first and fondest memories of you are from childhood. Remember when my daddy would give me a dollar to buy a snack after school and I just couldn’t wait to pick you up in that 12-ounce glass bottle with the curved glass and your name spelled in raised letters on the side? Those were the days. I had no idea we would be together this long and all the problems you would cause over the years. I have tried my best to break it off with you many times and somehow you manage to weasel your way back into my life. I remember that time I was “watching my coke-1325218weight” and I would only have a soda once per week. Then a few years later I was pregnant and knew I didn’t need to drink caffeine so I stopped seeing you for 9 months. What about the time I got braces and knew it was pointless to spend tons of money for straightening my teeth just to let them rot by drinking soda so I quit you again. Then there was that time I swore I was done with soda and just quit cold turkey for one month. Again, you somehow manage to weasel your way back into my life. Damn you soda!!!

So here we go again, right back where we started, I am officially quitting you again. I know it won’t be easy and now realize it will be a process.  I know I can’t expect to quit you cold turkey and I know I may even have setbacks, but I am quitting you slowly but surely. Are you having difficulty breaking up with something? If so, let’s chat.