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How to Practice Self-Care

By Amber Page

Self-care is all the rage right now. But what is it? Basically it's doing what you need to do to take care of yourself -- mentally, physically and emotionally.

That means putting yourself first, which is hard when you have a lot of demands on your time. But by taking better care of yourself, you'll have more energy to take care of everyone else who needs you.

So how do you practice self-care? That's up to you. 

Think about what you need. What changes, small or large, would help you feel better? Make a list, and then start tackling it in whatever order feels right to you.

Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Block Out Some 'Me Time'

Chances are, you spend almost all day, every day taking care of everyone and everything except yourself. 

It's time to carve out some space to do something for yourself. Maybe that means scheduling an hour to work out a few times a week. Or 30 minutes every day to read a book or watch a favorite show. Heck, maybe all you can spare right now is 15 minutes -- and all you want to do is close your eyes and zone out.

What you do doesn't matter, as long as it makes you happy -- and helps you feel better.

Work on Your Relationship With Food

For many of us, deciding what to eat and when to eat it is an emotionally fraught experience. But it doesn't have to be.

Start by making little changes. If you're a midday snacker, sub out healthy snacks for the usual vending machine fare. 

If you find yourself pulling into the drive-thru a little too often, give meal planning a try. 

Don't have time to shop? Lots of stores will do it for you. Just visit their website or download their app, give them your shopping list, swing by on your way home and voila! Your groceries land in your car, courtesy of the store employees who bring them out. 

Make Time to Move

Chances are, you know you should exercise. And in an ideal world, you would. But you're super busy and you don't really have time. And when you do have the time, you're too darn tired.

But here's the thing: it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Even a 10-minute workout can be beneficial for your health. 

Take a walk around the block. Click over to YouTube and find a 10-minute cardio routine. Put on some tunes and dance around your living room. As long as you get your heart rate up, you're getting the benefits -- including a more positive outlook on life.

These are just a few ways to practice self-care -- but this is all about you, so make the changes that help you feel your best.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boulder, Colo.

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