Self-care Isn't Selfish

 mind soul body

We believe a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body! That’s why it’s important to us here at SwedishAmerican to see our patients thrive mentally, not just physically. Winter can be a particularly hard time to do that, so we offer you these reminders about emotional self-care.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. For most people, that means about eight hours of sleep each night. But if you’re struggling to wake up in the morning, give yourself time for extra rest.
  2. Avoid stimulants. Whether it’s drugs and alcohol or even caffeine-spiked coffee and energy drinks, stimulants are linked to increased anxiety.
  3. Schedule time with friends. It’s easy to assume that everyone is too busy to get together, but even a simple mid-week lunch or dinner out will help you relax. Those connections are important!
  4. Make time for yourself. Whether that’s in the form of a weeklong cruise, a Saturday with Netflix or regular 10-minute breaks during the work day, it’s important that you give yourself time to refresh. (For what it’s worth, we vote for doing all three!)
  5. Ask for help. No one is expected to walk through life alone. Find a friend, family member, co-worker or church buddy to talk to – and tell them what you need.
  6. Stop competing. It’s fine to be competitive in a pick-up basketball game, but not in life. Don’t try to compare yourself to someone else’s social media profile (which isn’t a complete picture anyway) or try to keep up with another person’s spending habits. You do you – and the rest of us will sit back to admire!