Self-care is acknowledging that you are human, and there’s no such thing as perfection. It means recognizing your self-worth. You are enough.
Self-care is allowing yourself to ask for help and being willing to receive help when it’s given. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or incompetence. To resist receiving help defeats the purpose.
Self-care is taking the time to make yourself feel safe, even if your definition of being safe is different from someone else’s. Feeling safe may take thought about how to make your environment more secure.
Self-care is focusing on what you can control and letting go of what you can’t. Let go of people, places, and things you have no control over. Be present in your own life.
Self-care is connecting to friends, family, co-workers to share your joys and concerns and to listen to their stories as well. It’s about recognizing who you can reach out to for relationships, support, and community.
Self-care is acknowledging your emotions and feelings, putting a name to them, and realizing that you don’t have to “fix” yourself. Just be present. If this seems overwhelming, ask someone in your life to help or find a healthcare provider to support you.
Self-care involves self-acceptance, self-compassion, self-forgiveness, and self-love. You can take these one-step at a time. Just know that you are moving in the right direction.
Self-care means making a plan for yourself to keep yourself safe, healthy, and positive. What do you already do and what can you add to your plan?
- Set some attainable goals about what matters to you
- Exercise – decide what is enjoyable or doable for you – keep moving
- Practice yoga – your way – start a home practice, a YouTube video, or join a LIVE virtual class
- Meditate – bringing your attention to the present
- Spend time in nature – outside if possible
- Practice gratitude – in your heart, your head, and your actions
- Journal – write about anything you want in any format
- Eat something healthy/nutritious – whether you eat something green, a protein, or a carb, try to improve the quality of your choices
- Follow a morning or evening routine (daily routine)
- Breath – practice breath work or just stop and take a big sigh, take a long slow breath, or pause with a breath
- Take a walk – for fun, a break, or your exercise
- Call a friend – make a connection
- Remember the things that are going right
- Think positive when you notice you are looking at the negative
- Organize yourself – your life and material things in your life
- Read an inspiring (interesting) book
- Learn something new – you choose what interests you
- Work on one or more habits to improve your sleep (go to bed earlier, keep your room dark, limit the amount of blue light before you go to bed, make your sleeping surroundings comfortable)
Take care of yourself – Share your gifts and experiences. You make a difference!
In the end, everything will be okay!
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- hip/pelvic girdle
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About Nancy Whitman Klotz
Nancy Whitman Klotz is a yoga therapist training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. She is a yoga teacher and an author. She specializes in helping you improve your well-being. Nancy is registered with the Yoga Alliance as ERYT-500 and is certified through ACE as a personal trainer, health coach, and fitness instructor. Her Master’s is in Education, MaEd.