5 Tips For Self Care

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At 30 years of age, I’ve been all over the map as far as health goes. I have been vibrant, plump, and thriving. I have been diminished, thin, and failing. I have been pregnant and swollen. I have been post-partum and sagging.

And while there is a happy medium somewhere in between all of those states, I have come to realize that I’ll never be exactly where I want to be.

No matter how healthy I am there is always room for improvement in some way. For example, when I was “vibrant, plump, and thriving” I wanted to lose the extra ten pounds that pushed me over into plump-ville. When I was horribly sick with rheumatoid arthritis, I wanted nothing more than to go back to plump-ville and feel alive again.

Now, I’m at a place where my body is healthy and I am enjoying the process of becoming stronger. I am not plump. I am not rail-thin. I am sculpted and scarred. I like it. I hope to never go back to sickness, but there is no guarantee in this life. I’m also crossing my fingers and knocking on wood that there will be no more pregnancy in my future. But again, there is no guarantee.

So here I am, at age 30, figuring out what is necessary to feel good about myself and enjoy being healthy. I’ve come up with a short list of essentials that can travel with me in a future that is uncertain and full of various “states” of being.

My Essential Health List

1.) I need good sleep every night. This is probably a no-brainer for most people, but I have three small children and a history of insomnia. If I want quality shut-eye I have to start early in the evening by preparing my mind and body for bed. Tea, melatonin, and a devotional are my go-to’s for readying myself for sleep.

2.) I need more water and less everything else. I am a Diet Coke junkie, and a coffee addict. I’m not going to do the math, but I can easily drink WAY more of the caffeinated stuff than water. Again, if I want to accomplish my daily water goal, I have to start early in the day and be intentional about it all day long.

drink water

3.) I need to work out at least four days a week. I’m one of those people who has a lot of muscle mass. I inherited it from my dad. I probably would appreciate this genealogical trait a little more if I was a guy. I look and feel my best when I give these muscles what they need: exercise.

exercise

4.) I need to take care of my skin. I have come to terms with the fact that tanning is not for me. Even though I live in sunny SoCal, I have to deal with this alabaster white and protect it while I can. This means sunblock, large hats, and giant sunglasses.

5.) I need to be creative. Now this last one falls into a different category than the previous four, but it is just as important. I’m a creative person who thrives on projects and activity. If I am not actively working on something I get “the sads.” As in, I fight off depression. Therefore, Pinterest is part of my wellness plan.

creative

That’s my short list of self-care. I could go on into other categories but I wanted to keep it short.

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171 thoughts on “5 Tips For Self Care

  1. Rosanne

    I drink a concoction that has almond milk banana or other fruit and green powders that has all the important green type things like wheat grass.

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  2. Patricia Delgado

    I tweeted here-https://twitter.com/Brooklyns_mama/status/620789516966735872

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  3. Kerry

    I try to take time out during the day to go for a walk – helps with stress and gets me some exercise!

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  4. Ashley C

    I take control and take care by working out at least 3 days a week!

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  5. Aurelie Red

    I take care of myself by drinking water (neither alcohol nor soda), eating fresh vegetables everyday and avoiding sun.

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  6. Stephanie Phelps

    I try to take care of my body by eating right and drinking lots of water and getting in my exercise!

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  7. April V.

    I get up early every morning, not only to give myself some quiet time, but so that I can be ready and at work before I need to so that I can take advantage of the breakfast – this way I get to eat oatmeal every day and while I’m doing it I can read and relax before work.

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  8. rachel

    I exercise! I find that I just feel crappy if I don’t get some movement. I’ve tried really hard to make it a habit.

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  9. LAMusing

    Besides getting fresh air and taking vitamins, I try to listen to my body and give it what it needs.

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  10. Dorothy Hubbard

    I take care of my body by watching my meat intake and eating more grains and vegen style meals.

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  11. Jessie C.

    I take control and care of my body by exercising daily and also eating healthy.

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  12. thischickwins

    I try to maintaine a balance between responsible healthy behavior and the occasional indulgence or lazy day

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  13. Sharon

    Being conscientious about my overall health, including my dietary intake and getting enough sleep and exercise, is how I take care of myself.

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  14. Susan Smith

    I take control and care of my body by having yearly checkups drinking a lot of water, eating a healthy diet and walking a lot.

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  15. Henria O.

    I take control and take care of my body by making sure I take my vitamins, drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  16. Erika JM

    I drink a lot of water, and eat alot of fruit and vegetables.

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  17. angie

    I avoid toxic chemicals in my cleaners, both personal and household, in order to take care of myself, my pets, my partner, and the planet.

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  18. lauren knott

    I make time for me. I get regular massages, drink lots of water and read!

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  19. Sandy Klocinski

    I reduced my intake of soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks that are full of sugar, and opt for water, milk and healthier options instead

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  20. Brittney House

    I love to keep active by working out. It gives me energy and makes me feel better.

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  21. susan smoaks

    I exercise and eat healthy to take control and care for my body. I love to feel energetic and healthy!

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  22. Tari Lawson

    I exercise regularly and eat healthy foods most of the time, limiting unhealthy foods.

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  23. Laurie Emerson

    I take control and care for my body by eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise.

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  24. Mary Calabrese

    I have taken control by working to eliminate sodas from my life. I’m now drinking water and darned if it doesn’t taste good!

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  25. Denise S

    I try to eat lots of vegetables.

    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  26. Margaret Smith

    I drink lots of water and try to eat veggies and fruit often. Thanks so much.

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  27. heather s

    I eat healthier foods like fruits and veggies and less processed foods

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  28. Leah Shumack

    I have taken control by not allowing us to eat out as much and eating more at home!

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  29. lindsay hess

    I really try and exercise 3 days per week and at least 1 of those days I make my whole family do some fun exercises together. They think they are just having fun, dont tell them that Im really keeping them healthy!!

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  30. Natalie

    I take control and care of my body by exercising every day, eating healthy meals filled with fruits and veggies and getting plenty of sleep.

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  31. Gina M

    I take control of my health and body by maintaining a regular exercise routine.

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  32. Pam

    I take care of my body by running and being active as well as eating a healthy whole foods plant based diet.

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  33. heather

    I take control and care of my body my drinking a lot of water, eating as healthy as I can and walking a lot.

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  34. Ashley C

    I keep up with dr appts and getting myself checked out!

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  35. Julie Wood

    I take control and care of my body by making sure to eat a healthy diet, exercise every day, drink plenty of water, and I do yoga which really helps me stay balanced!

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  36. Norma

    I take control by eating right, drinking lots of water and getting enough rest.

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  37. Jerry Marquardt

    I take control and care of my body by remembering to take vitamins.

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  38. Diane

    I started eating yogurt for breakfast, a meal I usually skip to start my day off right!

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  39. sarah hirsch

    i take care of my body by going on the treadmill most days

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  40. joe gersch

    i take care of my body trhough nutrition and exercise

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  41. Stephanie V.

    drink water, eat organic and healthy!

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  42. Tracey byram

    I take a daily multivitamin and only drink water or unsweet iced tea.

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  43. denise a

    I get lots of exercise, eat fresh vegetables and drink lots of water!

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  44. MelissaO

    I have taken control by revamping my dinnertime! Far fewer carbs and several veggies.

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  45. Betty C

    I take care of my body by not smoking and by eating a well balanced diet.

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  46. Julie Wood

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/613387195571789824

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  47. Melinda

    We try to reserve wknds for family time, and work only on week days. Not bringing work home, helps us stay balanced

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  48. rachel cartucci

    I exercise,take vitamins and try to eat well. I take control and care of my body by seeing a doctor regularly too.

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  49. Lisa Voyce

    I try to eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water, taken cranberry supplements and other vitamins such as iron which target more of a woman’s needs.

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  50. Patricia Delgado

    I started eating a low carb diet in January and have shrunk 5 pants sizes so far!

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  51. Mami2jcn

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/613472618428145664

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  52. Beverly Metcalf

    I drink lots of water, take vitamins, walk when I can and try to eat healthy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. Sarah C

    I take control by taking daily vitamins, exercising and drinking lots of water!

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  54. Seyma Shabbir

    I take care by not smoking, not drinking alcohol and watching my sugar level.

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  55. Sharyn B

    I eat my veggies, drink my water, exercise, and do most of the things I know to keep happy. Life doesn’t give you much time to do all of these things, but I do what I can.

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  56. Christina

    I have been caring for my body by trying to drink more water – I have realized that it makes a noticeable difference for me.

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  57. Claudia Davis

    For me, the main thing I need to do to look over my body and health is sleep. I have issues with sleeping and now have just started getting it under control. I have a very strict sleep schedule that I must maintain otherwise everything else in my life gets affected especially my mood and anxiety.

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  58. Cody Anderson

    I take control and care of my body by eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest.

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  59. Angela W

    I take control and care of my body by drinking a lot of water and going to the gym at least three times a week!

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  60. Barbara M

    I take control and care of my body with good daily hygiene exercising and regular times for relaxation.

    thank you

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  61. OFG

    I try to get a little fresh air and sunshine every day. Whether it’s sitting in the swing with my baby or walking to the playground with my three year old. I try to get outside and move my body at the same time.

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  62. Rebecca Graham

    I eat a veggie diet and stay hydrated during these hot summer months.

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  63. Erika

    I just turned 30, and I’m suddenly finding wrinkles and achy joints. So I’m trying to take better care with good face cream and keeping my feet up at night.

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  64. Karen Drake

    I take care of myself by walking two miles a day and drinking lots of water.

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  65. BusyWorkingMama

    I find time to try to exercise regularly. It is time I need to decompress and stay healthy.

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  66. mickeyfan

    I had to get over myself and learn to ask my doctor the tough questions.

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  67. Julie Hawkins

    I take control of my body by trying to eat healthy and exercise

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  68. jessica

    I took control of my health by quitting sugar and eating whole foods

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  69. Kelly D

    I take control and care of my body by taking vitamins and eating healthy.

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  70. Andrea Watson

    Water is a key for me, too! A close second is cutting out sugar and processed food! It’s so important!

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  71. D Schmidt

    I take control by watching what I eat, ensuring I have some time for myself and exercising.

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  72. Madeline

    I try to exercise while watching TV shows or movies, rather than sitting there.

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  73. Amy Tong

    I make sure that I take my vitamins every day and try to eat healthy. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  74. Anastasia Falling

    I take care and control by getting some exercise and taking my vitamins! ????

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  75. Jennifer Harriman

    I’ve tried to up my exercise amount, making it fun by doing things I can include the kids on makes it easier for me to stick to

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  76. Debbi Wellenstein

    I exercise every day and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I also try to get enough sleep.

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  77. Kimberly Hilbert

    I take control and care of my body by making sure I eat well and take multi-vitamins to support that.

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  78. Venus Marie Lay

    I take control of my health by walking every evening and making sure I take vitamins every day.

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  79. Tina m

    I take control and care of my body by drinking a lot of water, eating healthy food and no soda!

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  80. Christina Sparks

    I took control of my body by stop drinking soda and replacing it with water.

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  81. Stephanie Larison

    I take control with lots of working out, and only drinking water. It’s the best thing for you!

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  82. Samantha Daleo

    I try to take care of my body by drinking lots of water (no soda!), walking a mile a day and trying to eat just a little less than whats on my plate at each meal.

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  83. tina reynolds

    I like taking care of my body by getting up and moving at least 30 mins a day

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