1. Do something every day. That’s right, every day. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Set aside 10 or 15 minutes and do something that is just for you.
  2. There is no need to spend a lot of money taking care of yourself. You could pay for a massage or a pedicure, but you could also take a walk and enjoy the fall weather or have a cup of tea. As long as you set aside the time for you and recognize that it is your self-care moment, it can be whatever you want it to be.
  3. Get active. Remember to do one movement-related activity each day, whether it’s a reminder on your phone to get up and stretch once an hour or working out at the gym or doing 15 minutes of yoga. Do something.
  4. Start small and work your way up to bigger things. Save the money for the massage – you can save $2 a day! You will really look forward to that massage at the end of the month, and still get the “wait list” effect. Stretch 10 minutes each day into 20 and then into an hour. You’ll find the time if you look for it.
  5. Make an appointment with yourself. Put it in your calendar, and don’t move it for anything short of an emergency room visit. All of your troubles will wait for you, and you’ll be better able to handle them once you’ve had a few moments to relax.
  6. Do something creative to fuel your brain. The more creative things you do, the more creative things present themselves to you every day. A crossword puzzle or a jigsaw puzzle are great ways to get your energy flowing. Your brain will thank you.
  7. Make self-care a priority. Your relationship with yourself is the one you can never walk away from. And no one can anticipate your needs and desires, even if you really want them to. So give yourself permission to do things you enjoy.
  8. Be playful. There is no need to take yourself so seriously. And you might be surprised at how much more you get done when you look at it from a playful perspective.
  9. Connect with someone who inspires you! Call them, text them, e-mail them, write a letter. Surround yourself with the people you admire.
  10. Get a self-care buddy. You remember the buddy system. Someone held your hand and kept you from running into traffic when you were in kindergarten. Your self-care buddy can help you stay on track and encourage you when you feel discouraged. You know you need that.

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