Self-care isn't selfish. Here are 6 ways to take more care of yourself  in 2021.

2020 was one of those years we don't ever need to remember. It was filled with isolation, stress, loneliness, uncertainty, loss, health instability and constant change.

If you're looking for a reboot for 2021, look no further.

Not only is self-care helpful for reducing stress, it's also a great way to get the mental reset necessary to become more productive in your day.

 

Get off social media and put your phone down.

Sometime a digital detox is what you need to reset your mind and clear your head. Yes, it's easy to mindlessly scroll through your feed, but did you know that social media has been known to trigger depression and sadness? They're designed for connection but often end up making you feel even more isolated.

Set aside specific "me" time.

Decide what "me" time means for you. Is it time for you to take a bubble bath with scented candles, or you going to get a massage? Whatever it is, it's your personal time and you need it. If you need to, plan ahead to

 

Eat healthier, more nutritious foods.

Small changes to your diet can make a big difference in how you feel and in your energy level. If this is something you find challenging, start small. Add just one fruit and one vegetable to your diet a day. Incorporate 1-2 extra glasses or bottles of water into your routine. The biggest impacts often start with very small steps.

Drink more water.

Did you know that studies have shown that dehydration can be linked to depression and anxiety? Crazy right?

 

Add some dancing to your day.

Did you know that dancing improves your mood? Beyond that it also helps boost your energy and reduce depression. So put on your favorite feel-good song and start moving.

 

Make sleep a priority. 

You've probably heard it 1,000 times before—sleep is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself healthy. Well that's because it's true. Sleeping helps improve your energy, productivity, weight, and appearance. It's one of the key pillars of self-care, but also one that many people struggle with. To help you incorporate more sleep into your routine, try making your sleep space as relaxing and tranquil as possible. Turn off the TV (or take it out altogether), add a lamp beside your bed for soft, relaxing lighting, and get new sheets and pillows.

Self-improvement is something that only changes when you take ownership of it, because after all, it's all about self. You have to lay the foundation to allow yourself to experience more joy throughout the day, as it will trickle into more overall personal happiness.

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