In the popular television show, “Parks and Recreation,” a couple of the main characters came up with a popular phrase: Treat yourself. This episode was all about how they spent a day in the name of self-care, where they can spend ridiculous amounts of money and spare no expense in having the best day ever.

“Self-care is giving the world the best of you instead of what’s left in you.”

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Luckily, in real life we don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to practice self-care. It’s the simple things we do for ourselves like buying that delicious latte in the morning before work, or spending time weeding our garden in the afternoon. Taking time to do something that relaxes us and brings us to a positive state of mind is what is considered self-care.

Self-care has been known to increase self-esteem, help people make healthier choices, help people feel more balanced, increase productivity, and increase energy. Self-care is something more workplaces are implementing and should be something that, individually, we all practice at home. There are different types of self-care:

Physical Self-Care

Synergy HomeCare self-care with friends
Self care doesn’t have to be strenuous and can be done with friends! Photo courtesy; Synergy HomeCare

Examples: Go on a walk, dancing, hiking, swimming, hug a friend, play with a dog, take a bath, or clean a room. Cleaning is often times used as self-care because it brings a sense of peace.

Emotional Self-Care

Examples: Practice yoga, light a candle, talk to a friend, write in a journal, or start a gratefulness journal. A lot of things can overload us emotionally and we may not even realize it.  We get so much information everyday it can be overwhelming.

Thinking critically can often help us solve problems we are in the middle of or help us gain clarity.

Mental Self-Care

Examples: Read a book, learn a new skill, photography, drawing, DIY (do-it-yourself) project, or turn off your phone.

If you are at home as a primary care giver for an aging loved one it can be difficult.  On top of all the other things you do in your daily life, it is easy to experience burn out.  By having someone there to help cook, clean, or even provide companionship it can be helpful in order to give you some time during the week for self-care.

What are some self-care practices that you do?

Synergy HomeCare can help you practice more self-care by taking care of the things in life that might keep you too busy.  They can help you with cooking meals, meal prep, reminding you to do your yoga, or go on a walk.  Synergy can even do those things with you to keep you company.

Sometimes having someone to do your self-care with makes you more likely to stay up on it and we believe it will help you stay energized and focused!

Call 360-338-0837 to find out about all of the services available and for a free home assessment.

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