Take Good Care

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine).

Your days are full. You take care of breakfasts for the family, pack lunches, throw in a load of laundry and possibly drop kids at school, all before heading to work for an early-morning meeting. The day is crammed with both stimulating deadlines and meetings that make it hard to stay awake. When the workday is finally over, it’s on to dinner-making, volunteering, youth sports and keeping up with the house. It is a cycle that never seems to end.

If you’re like most of today’s population, there is very little time reserved for relaxation. But that’s the very thing that we need to thrive both mentally and physically. Time spent doing something you love – or maybe even nothing at all – can reduce blood pressure, calm the mind and make us better able to handle the regular stressors of life.

While a week’s vacation to a tropical island and a few good books may not be possible, it is critical to practice self-care as much as possible. After all, it is impossible to take care of others if we do not also take care of ourselves. Here are a few ways you can practice self-love that will offer a much-needed boost to your overall health and wellbeing.

Simplify your life by eliminating the things that cause you the most stress.

Try yoga or meditation.

Start a gratitude jar that contains all the things you like about yourself.

Shut down electronics for an entire day.

Escape into nature.

Sign up to try something new.

Trade the quick shower for a long bath.

Make time for friends.

Maintain good hygiene.

Spend the day at the spa.

Visit a masseuse.

Schedule routine visits with your doctor, dentist and ophthalmologist.

Commit to getting plenty of sleep.

Express gratitude to others.

Create a space that’s all your own.

Get some exercise.

Get in touch with your creative side and spend time baking, painting or writing.

Learn to say no to activities that time will not allow.

Clean out the closet.

Remove negative people from your social media feeds.

Simply be still.