Give Yourself Some TLCby on October 29th, 2014
This week our Fall Fitness Challenge focuses on you. Our challenge question for the week is “What is your go-to “me time” activity. (If you haven’t answered yet, there’s still time for a chance to win this week’s prize…either leave a comment to this post or on our Facebook page.)
Who’s responsible for taking care of YOU? YOU ARE.
Caring for our bodies is our individual responsibility. No one can do this for us—no doctor, no spouse, no parent, no friend. Many of us tend to put our own health needs last while we spend time taking care of everything and everyone else. Put yourself at the top of your to do list with one of the tips in our Self-Care Action Plan.
Self-Care Action Plan
1. Laugh out loud. Chuckling and giggling benefit our mental and physical health. Watch a funny movie or a comedy on television—those reruns of Everyone Loves Raymond may actually be good for your heart.
2. Get outside. Research is showing that spending time out of doors benefits the brain and helps us to feel more alive.
3. Meditate. Just a few minutes of quieting our mind can help relieve stress.
4. Turn on the tunes. Research shows that listening to music makes positive emotions even more intense, and upbeat music in particular can do great things for your mood. On the flip side, listening to calm, soothing music sends signals to your brain that can help your body relax.
5. Eat more fruits and veggies. Adding more fruits and veggies to our plate is a great way to practice self-care.
6. Indulge in your favorite hobby. Even spending 15 minutes indulging in your favorite hobby is good for your health.
7. Get enough Zzz’s. So many things can sabotage our sleep, whether it’s a late night at the office, sick children or just catching up on our favorite TV shows. The problem is, skimping on shut-eye can hurt job productivity, make us choose to eat larger portions, and may lead to diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Prioritize snooze time for a healthier, happier you — even if it’s just a quick cat nap during your lunch break.
8. Get moving. Not only does it burn calories, but physical activity is a mood-booster that can help reduce anxiety and stress.
9. Indulge in a massage. A message has multiple health benefits: relaxing both the mind and muscles, improves sleep quality, and reduces stress.
10. Unplug. These days, it feels like everyone’s glued to a phone, laptop, or both at the same time. Deliberately taking a break from social media, e-mail, blogging and so on can help us recharge and gives our brain the downtime it needs to work at an optimal level.
Self-care isn’t easy. But when we take care of ourselves, we are better at taking care of other life responsibilities.
Remember if you want to be entered into this week’s challenge contest, leave a comment to answer this question: What is your go-to “me time” activity.