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'Be sure to practice self-care'

All the tension relief activities in the world won't help if you aren't taking care of yourself. Meditation won't do you any good if you aren't getting adequate sleep.

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Self-care has been defined as "a multidimensional, multifaceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being.”

There are many forms self-care can take. It could be ensuring you get enough sleep every night or stepping outside for a few minutes for some fresh air. Self-care is vital for building resilience toward those stressors in life that you can't eliminate. When you've taken steps to care for your mind and body, you'll be better equipped to live your best life. 

Unfortunately, however, many people view self-care as a luxury, rather than a priority. Consequently, they're left feeling overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life's unavoidable challenges.  It's important to assess how you're caring for yourself in several different domains so you can ensure you're caring for your mind, body, and spirit.

All the tension relief activities in the world won't help if you aren't taking care of yourself. Meditation won't do you any good if you aren't getting adequate sleep. Similarly, hitting the gym occasionally won't relieve much stress if you're not regularly fueling your body with healthy, nutrient-intense food. You need to take care of your basic needs first if you want your stress relief activities to be effective.

When it comes to physical self-care, ask yourself the following questions to assess whether there might be some areas you need to improve:

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  • Are you getting adequate sleep? 
  • Is your diet fueling your body well? 
  • Are you taking charge of your health? 
  • Are you getting enough exercise? 

An active self-care plan should be tailored to your life and your needs. It needs to be something created by you, for you. Tailoring your self-care plan can act as a preemptive measure to make sure that you don't get overwhelmed, over-stressed, and burned out.

About Charlie Perkins

Charlie Perkins is an author, musician, photographer, and videographer based in Rochester. The Chicago-bred Perkins attended Northwestern University concentrating on Radio, TV Broadcasting, and Interpersonal Communications. He spent 29 years at Harris Bank in Chicago and taught “Principles of Corporate Television” Columbia College in the same city. He has also spent 17 years as Unit Manager, Media Support Services for the Mayo Clinic. In a previous life, he covered the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s championship run, ’96-‘98 as a freelance photographer.

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