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Self-Care: 7 Ways to Relax, Relieve and Restore Yourself.

August 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( Work, family, society, social media, finances or just life seems to get in the way. All of them can be very stressful on you and your well- being. Your mental health is essential. Sometimes it’s important to just detached from it all and hit the reset button. It’s also important to be kind and protect yourself. You must make sure you are ok in order to progressively assist others.  We’ll go to the doctor when we feel like we are sick or a nagging pain. So why do we ignore our body, mind and spirit when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own.

Here are 7 ways to make sure you are ok.

Unplug! Literally

Just turn off everything! Turn the television off, the computer, BLACKwoman-peaceful-meditationsilence your phone. Turn off email notifications and take a breather from news and social media.


Sometimes we are doing so much, packing lunches, facilitating staff meetings, and taking care of others we forget to ….Breath. It’s important to stop and take a deep breath or two to reset. Go as far as doing breathing exercises. Close your office door, bedroom or find a quiet spot. Slow your heart rate and deeply inhale and exhale 10 times. Release the tension and built up stresses of every day.


It is perfectly OK to just hit the reset button. You are allowed to just start over tomorrow. The world will be around for saving tomorrow. Take some much needed “me” time.  Play hooky from work or have your partner pick up the children instead of you.

You Time

Unapologetically take time out for YOU. Do what makes you happy. Workout, get a pedicure, read your favorite book, or reorganize your closet. Cuddle up on the couch and binge watch your favorite show with your favorite snack. Or just go take a walk. It is important you do what makes you happy. Make sure you enjoy it.


The average amount of sleep adults get today are around five-six. It is important to get at least seven. Take a bath or hot shower to relax your body and mind to get prepared to wind down. Turn off the television and lights. If you find it difficult to fall asleep just rest. Take advantage of getting quiet and shutting your mind off for effective rest that will lead to a restful sleep.


That place of peace for you; go there for a few minutes each day.  Start the day with mediation. Close your eyes and give yourself positive affirmations. It’s important to keep your spiritual health intact. That helps keeps you centered and grounded.

Set Boundaries

Set respectable boundaries. Say No, if you do not feel like doing something. It is ok to feel that way. You should not feel guilty for not doing things you don’t want to do. A lot of time we over extend ourselves and take on too much. It’s ok to understand the limited space on your plate and say no if you have no extra room.

Self-care is defined as any activity that you do voluntarily which helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health.

Staff Writer; Amber Ogden

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