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5 Tips to Develop a Self-Care Practice

Guest Contributor:

Colette Ellis

Certified Stress Management Coach

Practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT-Tapping)

Self-care is not self-indulgent! It's an act of self-preservation. – Audre Lorde

We all wear our "busy badges" so proudly that we sometimes forget that it's important to take breaks, eat lunch, or even go to the bathroom when we need to! Everyone experiences stress. That's why it's crucial to proactively create opportunities for quality alone time, including mental and physical rest so you can refocus and be more productive in the long run.

Here are five tips to help you develop a self-care practice to sustain you throughout the year:

1. Make the commitment to yourself to develop a self-care practice. You are worth it!

The thing is, we get so used to doing things in the same ways. We're actually more afraid to make changes than we are to live out our worn out routines – even if those routines cause us to feel ill, stressed, or overwhelmed.

What's at stake for you and your health in 2019 if you continue to live your worn out routine? Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up in the morning and not have it hurt when you get out of bed, or to feel more excited and full of energy for your day? Yes, it is possible when you start within and make the commitment to yourself and your well-being. As they say on the airplane: “Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.” One way to do that is to develop a self-care practice.

2. Set an intention for what you would like to gain from your self-care practice.