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What Is the Best Self-Care?

2020 has certainly been a year, hasn't it? If it has taught us anything, it has certainly shown us how important it is for us to take care of ourselves. And while taking care of ourselves should include getting plenty of exercise and following a healthy diet, it should also include self-care.

However, how many of us are really practicing self-care? Many of us aim to do so, but self-care somehow always gets pushed to the back burner. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to share some tips on putting yourself first.

Why Is Self-Care So Important?

All too often in life, we focus on helping others. Which is great, but if you don't first focus your attention on yourself and your own needs, you run the risk of being unable to care for anyone else.

Devoting time to your own needs can help ensure you are physically, mentally and emotionally strong, which equips you to handle day-to-day life for yourself and others.

Examples of Self-Care

  • Develop a regular sleep routine.
  • Aim for a healthy diet.
  • Take lunch breaks.
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime.
  • Take your dog for a walk.
  • Schedule regular doctor appointments.
  • Find effective ways to manage stress.

What Is Self-Care Exactly?

We've described some basics above, but essentially, self-care is anything that prioritizes your needs.

While it is often depicted as consisting of spa days and pedicures, self-care can be much more than that—it's any basic activity that promotes good health, whether physically, mentally or emotionally. Self-care may look different for you than it does for others, and that's totally OK!

Benefits of Self-Care

  • Improves our immunity
  • Increases positive thinking
  • Makes us less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues

Are you feeling under the weather? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!