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YOU Matters

When it comes to taking care of yourself, it is critical to take time out every day to focus on yourself for at least a few minutes. Self-care is not synonymous with self-indulgence or being selfish. It means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy and well, so that you can do your job, even can help and care for others. Here are ways, aside from the basics, on how to get started with your self-care:

1. Get organized.
Simple things like creating an area to keep your keys, purses and coins or keeping a planner or a calendar on a fridge can help you write down all your responsibilities and appointments.

2. Try doing something you enjoy.
That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting, or reading.

3. Find ways to relax.
These do not have to be costly. Getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect and be rejuvenated. See sights on the next town or go camping nearby.

4. Live healthy.
Eat right, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol. Manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups.

5. Strengthen your connections.
The four C's to joy, spirit, and relaxation are: connect with yourself, connect with others, connect to your community, and create joy and satisfaction.

6. Take out the toxicity.
Seek to resolve nagging problems in your life. Stop doing what does not work for you.

7. Let a fur baby help you with your self-care.
Pets can bring a boost to our lives and can be hugely beneficial from giving unconditional love to providing companionship.

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The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.