Your Daily Guide to Practicing Self-Care
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- Small Step: Catch some rays for 15 to 30 minutes. Factors like your skin pigmentation and where you live can make you deficient in vitamin D, leading to an increased risk for certain diseases and feelings of depression. Make sure you go outside in the sunlight for a brief period every day to help boost your levels. As a bonus, walking is a great stress reliever and great for your health.
- Small Step: Fix a little annoyance. Whether it’s a bedroom closet that needs to be cleaned out or a squeaky office chair that irritates you all day long, identifying and correcting a small bothersome thing will keep it from lingering in the back of your mind all day. This is a great mood-boosting trick, as it also gives you feelings of productivity and self-sufficiency.
- Small Step: Control your social media use. It’s easy to get dragged down by the negativity, commotion and near-constant self-comparison on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks. Try unplugging for a full 24 hours to give yourself a break. Then, if you need to, set some rules for how often you can go on. Also consider hiding or unfollowing anyone who makes you feel bad.
- Small Step: Perform a random act of kindness. Taking a moment in your day to help someone else is scientifically proven to make you happier, give you a sense of reward and even help manage chronic pain and high blood pressure over time. Focus on keeping it small—check in on a relative, write a letter or send a card to a friend or have a meal or treat delivered to someone you know could use it.