Who is supporting you while you support others?

Health and Wellness

Many of us are drawn by the need to support other people. But are we caring for ourselves? Burnout and fatigue leave us exhausted. Coffee and energy drinks leave us with a mid-day slump. So what can we do to help recharge our batteries and fill up our cup?

Self Care…

  • can help you get you battle the burnout and fatigue.
  • is about more than a spa day or shopping trip.
  • can be defined as any deliberate action you take to support your mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • includes getting enough sleep and fueling your body with healthy foods.
  • includes moving your body.
  • includes taking time for yourself and checking in with your brain (ie. how many things are you thinking about right now? Can you take that down to one?).

Try these

Here are a few quick and free self-care activities to try. Not every activity will work for every person but you won’t know until you try:

  • Meditation and Mindfulness
    • Meditation doesn’t have to be long and arduous, it can be five minutes at the start of your day.
    • Check out the apps Omvana and The Breathing App to get started.
  • Get some Zzzz’s
    • If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night try turning off your screens (TV, Phone, tablets, etc) a few hours before bed and starting a bedtime routine.
    • Sprinkle some lavender essential oil on your pillow or diffuse it in your bedroom.
  • Put your phone away for a few hours each day
    • Consider taking a social media vacation.
    • If you’re watching TV be present with your show/movie instead of simultaneously scrolling Instagram
  • Dance/belt out your favorite song
    • Music and movement are powerful and can release feel-good endorphins.
  • Take a walk outside
    • Be present during your walk. What do you see? Hear? Feel?
  • Spend a few minutes and write down everything you are grateful for today.

Self-care is about your intention. Anything can be self-care if you set the intention for it to be.  Start with baby steps into self-care, just a few minutes each.

Jessica Wallace

Article written by Jessica Wallace, Manager of Learning & Development at the Arc of Monroe.