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As we age, self-care is such an important conscious act one takes on in order to improve and maintain physical, mental and emotional health.  Proper self-care means dedicating time every day to spend nourishing you and your needs.  It is about setting boundaries and not sacrificing your own well-being to make others happy.  Self-care is understanding that you deserve to be treated with compassion, care and kindness.  The goal is to recognize your own needs on a deeper level so you can balance what your mind, body and spirit needs to be balanced and happy.  

Physical self-care is eating the right foods, engaging in physical activity, getting enough sleep and maintaining personal hygiene.

  • Develop a regular sleep routine
  • Aim for a healthier diet
  • Take breaks when you need them
  • Exercise / Go for a walk

Mental and emotional self-care is learning to recognize your emotional and mental needs.  Practice gratitude, set boundaries; say “no” when it’s the right thing to do.  Do not overexert yourself and realize that it is normal to have a bad day here and there.  Feel your emotions and then let the detrimental ones go.  Holding on to negative feelings will only cause problems down the road. 

  • Avoid toxic relationships
  • Practice setting boundaries 
  • Read a book / enjoy a hobby
  • Explore breathing techniques 
  • Repeat positive affirmations / start journaling 
  • Do not be overly critical of yourself

When you keep your physical, mental and emotional pillars balanced, you will live a richer, fuller life.  Always make time for yourself, forgive yourself and validate yourself every time you do something positive for you.  You are the only one who knows what you truly need. 

A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Colleen or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.

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