Wellness — June 24, 2021 at 10:14 am

Self-Care Trends

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Remember when self-care rolled out on a silver platter aglow with thoughts of pampering ourselves with luxurious baths and spending time with friends? These days seem to be a little less lavish and a lot more straightforward. Here is a look at a few of the evolved trends and why they might be even better!

  • Eating Healthy Many people are really looking at what they’re eating, how it’s effecting their health, and what they can do right now to change it. Both cooking and baking help you get a better idea of exactly what is in your food and also do double time by being a form of stress relief. If you have children, getting them involved with meals or snacks is a fun way to spend quality time together and can turn those picky eaters into proud little chefs.
  • Connecting This one is multifaceted. People can connect by reaching out to call a friend rather than just send a text. Some may be missing usual traditions, so they are finding new ways to keep up the spirit during a holiday or special event. Furthermore, people are really re-connecting with themselves. Maybe you’ve always been talking about going to Italy and finally found the drive to start learning the language. It’s possible playing guitar or painting was such a vital part of your being but you somehow lost that and are just now picking it back up. Finding that spark, that thing that moves you, is so very important.
  • Personal Development So why do we even practice self-care anyway? For most of us it’s because we are giant stress balls! If stress is a big part of the problem, instead of band-aiding the situation with fancy oils many are looking at what causes the stress in the first place. If finances are the problem, try downloading an app to help work out a budget. House constantly a mess? Try delegating tasks, or if alone, scheduling specific duties each day so that you’re not completely overwhelmed. One minute of planning saves ten minutes of execution!
  • Routines When everything seems hectic, putting a plan in place or having a routine is one of the first things almost anyone will say to do. Have a newborn? Get them on a feeding and sleeping schedule. Going through a major life change (new job, divorce, etc.)? Put one foot in front of the other and try to work on a small daily routine like brushing your teeth, making your bed, eating something healthy, etc. Having a routine, whether it be for sleeping, eating, or getting certain things accomplished can really ease tension and provide stability when needed most. This can also be said for preventative care. Seeing a doctor for a physical so they can make sure everything is in working order or visiting the dentist to make sure your oral health is in check is so crucial. If for no other reason, keeping on top of your health and wellness should provide you with peace of mind.

Self-care shouldn’t be looked at as a selfish extra but rather the clarity and calm we deserve. What’s your favorite self-care practice?

By Maegan Carrasquillo, Staff Writer

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