The ubiquitous buzzword does not require spending thousands of dollars on high-end, celebrity endorsed products. Anyone and everyone can, and should, find a few moments each day to check-in with themselves – physically and mentally. Making small changes can propel you toward a healthier lifestyle. Implementing mindful breathing at work to ease stress, stretching out your dog’s walk by a few extra minutes, enjoying the views of nature that surround your home while sitting on the patio or taking a break to look out your office window – can all make a positive impact for little investment!
Four Self-Care Habits to Adopt
Self-compassion may be a new concept for some people, but it is well worth your attention and investment in the big picture of your health and life.
- Take a lunch – eat mindfully, make good nutrition choices and get some fresh air when you can.
- Banish your self-critics – everyone has them and they need to be given their walking papers. Self-deprecation, self-judging, thinking you’re a phony, self-doubt – you know who they are – they are not your friends.
- Treat yourself like a friend – people tend to be hard on themselves but give good advice and compassion to others. Practice being a good friend to yourself first and follow your own good advice.
- Ask for help – it takes a village to raise a family, to complete a large project and sometimes to run a household. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need. That is what community is about.
Many people spend most of their awake hours at their jobs. This is a good place to implement some self-care into your day through simple actions:
- Give yourself a break – muscling through the day is an old-school, old-thinking tactic that is not efficient over the long haul. In order to optimize performance, your body and brain need a break.
- Valuing yourself – it’s easy to get derailed when we are interrupted and have demands placed on our time and resources. Set aside time each morning to make a note of three items you want to accomplish and make them a priority throughout the day.
- Do some reconnaissance – instead of moving from one accomplishment to the next, take some time to look over projects and tasks and review what worked well and what may need to be tweaked in the future.
- Surround yourself with good people – be aware of those who feed your energy levels and those who drain it and set good boundaries. Implement a healthy give-and-take in your work and personal relationships.
- Organize your workspace – your environment reflects your inner space and can affect productivity. Set yourself up by streamlining and clearing any clutter and organizing so you can focus (and find) your tasks at hand.
- Integrate some downtime – going full steam ahead is not a great recipe for good health. Make sure you take breaks daily, get enough sleep, eat well and treat yourself to some needed pampering like a massage.
We want the members of our Miami community to be as healthy as possible. We don’t want you to just look good – we want you to feel as good as you look! We want you to be pain-free and part of that involves getting fit and moving your body. Taking good care of yourself is not an elite practice reserved for the wealthy and folks with plenty of time on their hands. You can add small changes to your lifestyle to set foot on the road to being in the best shape you can be for the family that depends on you. Schedule a check-up with us today as you begin a new health regimen.
Family Medical Clinic Kendall is an inner-city health clinic in Miami. We care about our community members in the Miami area. Treating families is our life’s work and passion. As your neighborhood medical clinic, we are here to help you prevent and treat health conditions. We are open late, and no appointment is required. Located at 9000 SW 137th Avenue, Suite 111, in Miami, we offer a walk-in clinic, urgent care, and a lab & diagnostics. Call us today at (305) 603-7824 to find out how we can help.