By Guest Blogger Rebecca Subbiah, RDN

Life can be so very hectic these days with work, caring for kids, after work and school activities and trying to juggle it all. Often taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally can go on the back burner. We are very good at taking care of others and sometimes we lose sight of the fact that we are worthy of that same level of care. We can see social media posts about taking bubble baths and trips to the spa for self-care while this is indeed fun it’s so much deeper than this.

Caring for ourselves means ensuring regular nourishing meals if your pet was looking at you for food or a small child, we wouldn’t say I know you’re hungry, but we don’t have time right now so will miss this meal. Great Food ensures we feel our best, it’s fun, tasty, shares culture, connection with others and so much more. Also know it doesn’t have to look perfect some days will be a wonderful home cooked meal and salad from the garden, other days it will be a quick take out. Be kind to yourself and know it’s the big picture that counts.

Adequate sleep is an important part of self-care.  How often do we encourage little ones to go to sleep saying go to bed you have a big day tomorrow; we need to show this same level of care to ourselves. To feel our best sleep its vital to re- charge and to unplug from the business of the day.

Taking the time to pause and be more mindful is also very powerful, there’s so much beauty all around us if we would take the time to notice, the sound of the birds singing, flowers in bloom, the breeze, the shifting clouds and the warmth and light of our sun and the stars at night. Take some time to be in nature visit one of our amazing state parks or simply enjoy your backyard or a walk pausing along the way to listen to the birds, notice a butterfly or busy bee and admire what’s in season. Even in the winter there is beauty such as the bright stars, frosty leaves, red berries against the brown landscapes or how red a cardinal looks in the snow.

Take the time to give your love ones a hug and say you love them, share a cup of tea or coffee with them and truly listen, there’s magic in that.

Another important and often difficult self-care skill is learning to say no to things when your over scheduled so that you have time for things that nurture you. It’s hard but in time this skill will get easier and you will see the benefits.

I would also add a great thing to do is see a new place, that could involve getting on a plane and the thrill of a new country and culture or somewhere just a drive away. Try a new activity why not try ice skating, bird watching, read a new book, cook a new cuisine.

Life is fleeting and if we don’t’ take the time to care for ourselves to feel our best and seek out fun and adventure it will pass us by, live with no regrets and re connect to the excitement and discovery of new things.

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