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Integrating Self-Care Into Your Life

By Randi Morse 

Let's talk about something that I've recently learned about: self-care. "Make sure you're getting some good self-care in," my friends and family say. to be honest, when they first used that phrase, I had no idea what they were talking about. As a mom who works a full-time job and is finishing up my bachelors degree, the majority of my time is spent either working, learning, or caring for my family. Self-care? Who has time for that? 

It's extremely important to make sure that we take care of our bodies, and our minds, with self-care. Most of the time our jobs, and our lives, are so stressful that we can't make self-care a priority. How many times have you told someone else they need to make sure to take care of themselves but have not followed your own advice? It's definitely time we start taking the advice we're giving. Here are a few self-care tips that I am going to try to incorporate into my own life. 


It's no secret that the majority of adults in the United States are not getting the amount of sleep they need. Even when you try to go to sleep early, stress and a busy mind can keep you from getting good rest. It's important to create an atmosphere that is conducive to sleep. Make sure the room you're sleeping in is free of distractions; this includes electronic devices. Also make sure it is properly dark. 

Get Outside 

Between school and work, I find that it can be days since I have gone outside and truly enjoyed nature. But spending time outside is extremely important. Not only can a quick nature walk help reduce stress, it's also helpful in dealing with symptoms of burnout. If you can up your time outside and take a hike, you may also find it easier to sleep as well. 

Learn to Say No 

This tip I have a difficult time with. We all need to learn to say "no" a little bit more. When you're always wanting to please people, or lend a hand, it is far too easy to say yes to everything. Saying yes to too many things can put more on your plate than your body and mind are able to deal with. It can take some practice to learn to say no but doing so in a polite way can help immensely with your self-care. 

I know that integrating self-care into my lifestyle is not going to be easy. But I also know that when I do, I'm going to have much more energy and will be able to do a better job both at work and at school. Remember: self-care is not selfish. 

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

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