It’s National Self-Care Awareness Month. That could mean different things to different people. Whatever it means to you, give yourself permission to do self-care this month and build a self-care habit to make it a routine.
The best self-care practice is the one that makes YOU feel best. A self-care practice that is unique to you. Ten minutes a day, thirty minutes a day, whatever you can fit into your day. It will make a difference for you and for those you care for.
Think of the airplane oxygen masks. There is a reason, they tell you to put your mask on first (self-care) in order to help others around you. Now, I’ve heard someone say, in response to that, if I help the passenger next to me, they will then help me. Will they? Are you willing to take the chance to let others take care of you first? Sure, no doubt your spouse or your sibling or your parent would likely want to help you first, just as you want to help them first.
So, let’s make sure you are around for a long time, taking care of you, taking care of your loved ones. Build self-care into your schedule and know this, taking care of you, putting on your oxygen mask first, is not selfish. Sometimes you need to put yourself first in order to be the best version of yourself for others. It is what your loved ones need. It ensures you can be here for a long, long time to take care of others.
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Incorporating Self-Care Into Your Daily Life
By Nila Thompson
Self-care is not a luxury; it is a fundamental necessity for our well-being in today’s fast-paced world. In a society that often glorifies busyness and prioritizes external achievements, we must recognize the importance of tending to our own physical, emotional, and mental health. Allow this to be your guide into the art of self-care, exploring its significance and practical strategies to help you embark on a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and overall wellness. So, take a deep breath, make yourself a cup of tea, and join us as we navigate through this journey of self-care.
Stay Connected: Friends and family can provide emotional support and practical advice. Engaging within your community can be an opportunity to make new friends and find more resources for self-care.
Relaxation Exercises: Schedule time to journal, meditate, and practice your breathing exercises. These types of exercises will not only benefit you mentally but will help you overall physically. Some of the benefits include a decrease in stress, relieve of pain, increase in energy, and lowers blood pressure.
Regular Exercises: A simple 30 minute walk each day can help boost your mood and improve your health.
Healthy Eating Habits: A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day.
Regular Sleeping Habits: It’s important to sleep for mental acuity and a reduction of stress. A regular sleep pattern also reduces your risk for serious health problems.
Prioritization and Goals: Be mindful of what you have on your to do list. Determine what is bleeding you and what is feeding you. Outline the goals you would like to accomplish and the steps to achieve those goals. As you review your list, determine which items are unnecessary. Learn to say “no” when you are stretched too thin.
Positive Thinking: Awareness of your own thoughts is imperative to self-care. Identify when negative thoughts start to control your internal monologue and change the narrative. While it might be challenging when you first begin. With practice, this habit can improve your mental and physical health.
Give a Hug, Get a Hug: Physical affection reduces our stress levels and makes us feel more connected to others.
Be Grateful: Remind yourself every day of the things that you are grateful for. Identifying the positive things in your life keeps the focus off the negative.
As we conclude our exploration of self-care, remember that it’s not a one-time endeavor but a lifelong commitment to your well-being. In the chaos of life, don’t forget to pause, reflect, and prioritize yourself. Embrace the wisdom of self-care, and let it be your beacon towards a more balanced and healthier existence. It’s not selfish; it’s self-preservation. So, go ahead, nurture your mind, body, and soul. You deserve it, and the world will undoubtedly benefit from a happier, healthier you.
Career Connections 2023: Where Talent Meets Opportunity
September 19-21, 2023
Whether you are a recent graduate, a seasoned professional looking for a change, or someone seeking to explore new career paths, Career Connections 2023 is your gateway to unlocking exciting opportunities. Throughout the event, you will have the chance to engage in interactive workshops, attend insightful panel discussions, and network with professionals who share your passions and ambitions.
The carefully curated program will feature a diverse range of industries, including technology, finance, healthcare, creative arts, and more, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
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MAIP, Military ASCEND Internship Program, offers more than real life civilian working skills. Our program is about the full transition process.
With a team made up of Veterans and Military/Veteran spouses, we understand the challenges that our interns and their families are facing. It’s our goal to ensure they are given the best possible transition back into the civilian workforce.
Read more about the MAIP SkillBridge program in our official press release.