LOVE the idea of some alone-time?

No one yelling your name from the other room…

Me too.

It’s called “self-care” and it’s become one of the biggest trends in health and wellness today. If you think you’re seeing it more in media and print…you ARE! Searches for “self care” have more than doubled in the past few years.

If you really think about it, most of us began seeing it this last year with quarantine and lack of travel. All at once, we were forced to sit still and take care of the Homefront. And, of ourselves.

We began to notice how we felt as we worked out at home and cooked more in our own kitchens.

To this end, I wanted to know what the health benefits of self-care might be ya know, scientifically.

So, here we go

Paula Gill Lopez, PhD, an associate professor and chair of the department of psychological and educational consultation at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, says the need for self-care is obvious. “We have an epidemic of anxiety and depression,” she says. “Everybody feels it.”

It’s the stress of trying to keep up with the pace of daily life, which technology has hastened more than ever (just think how many emails come flooding into your inbox each day). “People are feeling lonelier and less able to unwind and slow down, which makes them feel more anxious and overwhelmed by even the simplest tasks,” Patel says.

Self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself so you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Its benefits are better physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Research suggests self-care promotes positive health outcomes, such as fostering resilience, living longer, and becoming better equipped to manage stress.

Self-care requires checking in with yourself and asking yourself how you’re doing and what your body’s asking for.

“When self-care is regularly practiced, the benefits are broad and have even been linked to positive health outcomes such as reduced stress, improved immune system, increased productivity, and higher self-esteem,” says Brighid Courtney, of Boston, a client leader at the wellness technology company Wellable and a faculty member at the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).

Important to remember when thinking about self-care is that it isn’t the same thing/routine/practice/activity for everyone. What works for you today may not work in a week. It’s constantly changing.

Whatever self-care activity that “floats your boat” should be rolled into your day. Do what makes you smile…and then do it again!

It doesn’t have to cost a bundle. Buy a bunch of your favorite flowers and put them by your desk or in your bedroom. Buy a scented soap and savor it in a long, hot bath or long shower. Get that Beach Read you’ve been eyeing and read outside laying on the swing. Call someone you’ve not spoken to in a while and catch up…laughter is one of the BEST ways to re-charge.

And, if you notice someone is having a tough time, take time to reach out and talk to them for a bit. If you think they may need professional help, go to http://coloradocrisesservices.org/ in Colorado or your local Mental Health Organization.

Stay healthy and keep smiling,

xoxo, Rosanna
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