The Importance of Self Care

by guest blogger Anna Hippler 

Most of us are so consumed with our daily tasks that we sometimes forget to take a deep breath, and process. Whether processing the event that happened last week (the attack at OSU), the results of the election, or even witnessing something unsettling, it is important to remember to take care of YOU. Self-care is ultimately subjective to whatever it takes for you to calm your body, reflect on what is troubling you, and moving forward from the source of stress of anxiety. It can be by yourself, with someone else, or in a group setting… as long as it helps YOU work through it. My personal experience with self-care became essential when I became a sexual assault advocate for those in the hospital after an attack has occurred. While I felt I was helping people, sometimes I took the pain home with me. Self-care allowed me to digest what I had just witnessed, but also distracted me and permitted me to focus on a separate aspect that is calming, or even fun. Like I stated before, as long as it is something that allows you to move forward, self-care can be anything. Most of the common examples I have used or heard of are:

  • Reading
  • Yoga
  • Watching a movie
  • Laying in the sun
  • Exercising
  • Meditation
  • Going on a walk
  • Breathing exercises
  • Taking a bath
  • Getting a massage
  • Listening to a calming sound
  • Music
  • Puzzles
  • Writing in a journal
  • Poetry
  • Religious activities
  • Crying
  • Stretching
  • Support Groups
  • Volunteering

Honestly, the list is endless, and has no boundaries as long as the self-care technique allows for the relief from the source of stress or anxiety. I challenge you to find what helps you, and work towards starting each new day with a fresh start and a cleared mind.

Anna


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