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Self-Care for the New Year

By Tracy Hungate

Each year, it seems like November through January is a blur. Between work parties, holiday celebrations with friends and families, cleaning (and dirtying) the house, and spending money on food, drink, and gifts – life is simply busy! The new year is also the time we usually create resolutions for ourselves that are amended repeatedly or flat-out failed.

We all have the best intentions, but it’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because when we’re busy and overwhelmed, even a small reprieve feels like a luxury. So actually taking time to eat lunch, exercise, and hang out with friends? That just feels like slacking.

That mindset backfires, though.

Practicing self-care can reduce the feelings of burnout and the negative effects of stress, but it can also help you re-engage and focus.

Self-care for the New Year can include:

  1. Schedule calendar time for self-care.
  2. Make your health a top priority.
  3. Practice mindfulness.
  4. Grow self-compassion.
  5. Maintain a work-life balance.
  6. Regularly detox from social media.
  7. Cut out toxic people or relationships.

And don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to do these things. Mental health and self-care require ongoing, lifelong maintenance – there’s no finish line, and no need to rush your progress.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, JFS is here. Call 210-302-6920 today and ask for an intake specialist.