Importance of Self-Care

What is Self-Care?  This concept gained popularity in 2016, when the term officially crossed over into the mainstream. Self-care originally caught on as a medical concept. “Doctors have long discussed it as a way for patients to treat themselves and exercise healthy habits, most often under the guidance of a health professional. not just to physical welfare but to mental and emotional health.” Says Aisha Harris with Slate.com

Practicing self-care has slowly turned into a “treat yourself” or indulging mentality. It can be as simple as going for a run or a light jog when stressed. Meditate or do deep breathing for five minutes. Take a break when you need it. Choosing who you spend time with.

Read our  new practices to help you get started:

Unplug.

Instagram and Facebook have some benefits, but does it really make you feel better to expose yourself to everyone’s online versions of themselves? Most often people only report on their success, and so it can be hard when you’re comparing your entire life to everyone’s highlight reels. Take the time to break away from social media, and allow yourself to focus on the beauty of the moment.

Blue Light Glasses 

Prolonged exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) blue light can lead to eye strain and blurred vision. Studies have shown that it may also damage the retinal cells which can lead to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration leads to vision loss over time. The Blokz blue blocker lenses block blue light and provide maximum UV coverage to protect your eyes.

It’s a good practice to avoid putting your face in front of any light-emitting tech (TV, computer, phones, etc.) within a few hours of the time that you want to go to sleep. But, inevitably, there will be some times where you feel like you really need to.

Pick up a pair for yourself . Wear all day when you’re at the office, reading my Kindle, writing a late-night article, or just watching Netflix.

Personal Health Day

Who hasn’t needed a break from work or school? No matter how much you may love your job, sometimes you have to get away from it. You might put in for a vacation day or a personal day, depending on your company’s policies and procedures. You might even call in sick. What you are really taking, though, is a mental health day off.

Ideally, if you can schedule a day off ahead of time, ensuring that you’ve taken steps to rearrange your workload or find a replacement for the day, this is the best way to do it, so you’re not feeling stress about taking the day off. However, if you wake up in the morning and just feel that you can’t face the stress of the day, this may be a good time to take a mental health day and make the most of it.

Saturdays work well, too. While a “traditional” mental health day generally includes taking a day off from work, it’s not necessary to call in sick to take a day to focus on stress relief.

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