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Self-Care




“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival .” — Audre Lorde
 
Self care can be described as just that, taking care of yourself. As simple as it sounds, learning to appreciate who you are and taking the time to nourish your mind, body and spirit requires creativity and intentional effort.  Many individuals who are exposed to hectic work environments, endless days taking care of family and children, or managing the everyday factors of life may experience a feeling labeled “burnout”.  According to Psychology Today, “burnout is a state of emotional, mental and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress.”  In 2017, 37% of adults in the U.S. stated their stress level had increased over the past year (Statista, 2019).  Recognizing when to utilize effective self-care practices is a personal journey that is unique to each individual.
Self-care activities have been proven to:
·       reduce stress
·       increase productivity
·       improve health
·       help achieve work-life balance
·       prevention compassion fatigue
For more information regarding self care activities
and healthy wellbeing techniques
visit the link below for a “Self-Care Guide” provided by mindpeacecincinnati.com.



http://mindpeacecincinnati.com/wp-content/uploads/SelfCareReportR13.pdf

Word of the Week

The Word of the Week is Thankful.

“Begin each day with a grateful heart.”
– Anonymous

Stress and the Holidays


 
It’s that time of year again…

A Thanksgiving Potluck with your siblings you haven’t seen in years… A Christmas Dinner with your favorite in-laws… A Gift Exchange with you coworkers that really don’t know you all that well. The list can go on and on! Sometimes the holiday season can seem to cause more stress than it should. It is important to understand that you are not alone. Stress can be unhealthy but there are plenty of ways to reduce or avoid some of these holiday stress inducers. According to the American Psychological Association, there are ways to manage difficult family conversations, deal with the pressure of gift-giving, address financial stress, as well as manage expectations from your loved ones. For more information on these topics, check out the link below.

https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/holiday-stress

 
 
Start making the holiday season something to look forward to