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As a therapist I always stress the importance of self-care. In this day and age how many of us really give ourselves permission to take care of OURSELVES?

“Well, I don’t want to be selfish. After all, I have too much to do. I need to grocery shop, pick-up the dry cleaning, take little Johnny to his baseball practice, clean the house for company, and take the dog for his shots, etc…”
The fact is we are ALWAYS going to have something on our to-do list. That’s why it is so important to take care of ourselves so we can maintain our sanity with our busy lives.

So for everyone reading this I give YOU permission to take care of YOU! After all, you deserve it for all that you do.
“But It’s been so long since I took care of myself I don’t know how to take care of myself anymore.”

No worries. Clearly everyone is unique and not everything will benefit you. So the fun part is you get to experiment to find out what works for you! To help narrow it down think about what has worked in the past that was relaxing to you, what are you passionate about?, etc.

I have provided a list to help you on our journey to RELAXATION and caring for YOU! Enjoy!
Journaling /writing
Meditation
Deep breathing
Guided Visualizations
Positive affirmations
Reading a book
Volunteer
Art (any medium)
Hot bubble bath
Taking up a hobby
Exercise (please consult your physician before starting a workout program)
Taking a walk
Going to a park/lake/etc…
Treating yourself to a movie
Yoga
Dinner out (without the kids)
Aromatherapy
Plan a vacation, weekend get-a-way, or a day retreat
A visit to a day spa
Acupuncture/Acupressure
Listening to relaxing music
Singing/dancing
Taking a class on a topic of interest (In Colorado we have the Colorado Free University with inexpensive classes to take)
And you can always create your own