12 ways to take better care of yourself


Physical condition: Physical condition is described as the condition or state of the body or bodily functions. Physical health is vital for our overall well-being, and can be affected by many life factors such as diet, physical activity, and behavior (for instance, smoking); By taking good care of ourselves physically we automatically take care of ourselves mentally. Eating healthy foods, drinking a lot of water and daily exercise increase our energy levels and promote positive lifestyles.   

Awareness:
Awareness is defined as a state of being aware, or having knowledge of something. This can be perceived as a broad statement, but what does it mean to you? Being aware of your habits, values, needs and emotions can help guide you to better decision making and positive parenting. Remember, there is no right or wrong – we are who WE are! We are always learning something new and changing our behaviors becoming more aware of our mind, body and soul…..and we don’t even know it! Amazing!

Kindness:
Random acts of kindness have been proven to reduce stress and boost happiness! When was the last time you gave someone flowers to a nice plant, or sent a hand written note thanking someone for simply being in your life? Nothing will warm your heart more than performing a simple random act of kindness. Try it, you might like it!

Choices:
A choice is your right, power or opportunity to choose. So how do you know you’re always making the right choice? That’s a tough question. The choices you make, or decision you make, simple things like what flavor ice cream you will eat, are small and may not make a great impact on your life. The big decisions, most often the hardest decisions, are the ones that can change your life forever. Stay informed to make optimal choices in your life!  

Attention:
A simple but grand word defined as the act or state of applying your mind to something. But we have to pay attention to so many things! Work schedules, school schedules, homework, extracurricular activities. As parents the list is never ending! Focusing your attention at the right time on the most important task at hand will help guide you to positive decision making!

Priorities:
Priorities are things that are more important than other things. For instance, is it more important to attend an IEP meeting or keep a pre-scheduled doctor’s appointment? Tough one! Being aware, making an informed decision (choice) will help you prioritize these decisions. Sometimes the choices are hard, but learning to prioritize will simplify the process moving forward in your journey.

Curiosity & exploration:
The strong desire to learn or know something. What makes you curious? What makes your child curious? Remember, curiosity is a normal human character that everyone experiences. Does your curiosity prompt you or your children to explore? Are you curious how butterflies hatch? Maybe that will prompt you to grow a butterfly garden with your child. Perhaps you’re more curious about exploring international foods! That sounds fun! Explore your curiosities and learn something new.

Community:
Communities are groups of people living in the same place or who have something in common. Our town, places of worship, schools, they are all our communities. Get involved! Join the PTO or local choir, volunteer at a local nonprofit or senior center. There are so many opportunities within your community to get involved and make a difference.  

Slow down:
Don’t forget the most important person in the room…YOU! Take a moment to yourself every day to slow down. Just stop for a minute and focus on yourself. It’s ok to disconnect and reset, especially when caring al needs children. Learn how to be present in every moment and be mindful of whatever you may be doing at the moment. Perhaps you will find you are a little less stressed and enjoying life just a little more than before!

Support:
Help, assist, aid, boost, guide; Support can be given in so many ways. It may be financial, emotional or physical. Simple acts of kindness such as complimenting a friend or family member, being respectful, saying “I love you”, disagreeing in a positive way and practicing active listening are all ways we can support and reinforce our emotional support systems with each other when times get a little tough.

Pleasure:
When we feel happy or satisfied we are experiencing a sense of pleasure. Learn to create happy moments throughout your day that will bring joy to your heart and provide you with ongoing pleasures. Teaching a child to walk or to say a new word; resetting when you’re feeling anxious by watching a funny video or enjoying a quick cup of coffee; small but very meaningful actions to bring pleasure to your every day.

Acceptance:
We all want to be accepted. We also must be able to accept ourselves? Our social circles sometimes define who we are because they accept us as we are without resistance. What would happen if you step outside of your circle for a moment? Would you accept yourself the way you are? Be open to your heart and feelings. Don’t be afraid to feel, feelings are normal. Embrace your feelings, even when they become difficult by allowing yourself to just be you and always be honest. 

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