Self-Care, a buzz word these days, but how do we actually take care of ourselves?  We have children to feed, work to do, households to manage, relationships to foster, and the list goes on. Many of the clients I see in my office are the selfless type-always doing for others, feeling guilty if they try to do for themselves. So how do we care for ourselves when it feels like there are not enough hours in the day to manage all of our responsibilities?

Strategies: 

  1. Work Efficiently: Make a list of the things you absolutely have to do that day. Prioritize. Ask yourself if you need to accomplish these tasks or just want to accomplish them. Figure out how to make the most of your time, and set up realistic goals each day.
  2. Plan, Plan, Plan! Now this may not seem like a self-care strategy, but I can (almost) guarantee that if you plan your day out, you will feel more energized and empowered to successfully tackle whatever is in front of you. Anxiety will decrease as you feel more in control of your life. Figure out what you need each evening for the next day, and set up systems to minimize stress in the morning.
  3. Schedule self-care: One of the biggest reminders I give my clients is that self-care is equally as important as any appointment or work obligation. You have to remember that if you do not take care of your mind and body, the rest of your life will be impacted. Schedule a time at least once per week to take a yoga class, read a novel, get a massage, or spend time with a friend.

What if you need additional support? 

Self-care is so important to your overall well-being, and the well being of your family. If you would like more guidance about self-care and the best way to approach it, please feel free to email me directly at eburke@empoweredtherapy.org or 847-505-0889.