Life happens, and it can happen quickly. It can be overwhelming and the stress can push us to our limits. This is why taking time for yourself is critical and that time can honestly be spent doing nothing. You heard that right, doing nothing counts as taking care of yourself! Self-care is a gift you give yourself, and it looks different for everyone. Taking time to yourself, being creative, making a meal—all of these things count as an act of self-care. Whether you or your kids face stress, anxiety, or have difficulty dealing with change, there are many different self-care options for you to try, individually or as a family.

Find time for movement. Regular movement can increase your energy, relieve your body of any physical stress you’re carrying, and improve your mood. Something as easy as a walk around the block or 10 minutes of stretching can help you refocus and calm your mind. Try to learn a new yoga pose or work on improving your flexibility. If you need a seated option, try the new fitBoost in Place activity cards—perfect for every age and ability!

Keep a list of your essential daily tasks. Write down a few things that you must do every day to take care of yourself and use that list to keep yourself on track. Did you eat breakfast? Have you had any water yet? Is your bed made? Have you moved your body? Simple tasks that you can complete daily may even help you feel motivated and more in control. Small amounts of consistent success and accomplishment are connected to feelings of happiness.

Practice mindfulness. Pausing for a moment to practice mindfulness can set the tone for your day and help you make decisions with intention. Drink your morning coffee, water, or tea, and really pay attention to its taste. What does your glass or mug feel like in your hand? Take a few minutes to look outside and notice the sky. Step up your breathing game and focus on a few minutes of deep breathing—in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Unplug for a while. Set aside some time in your daily schedule to disconnect from your technology. Start a new book. Enjoy some time with family and talk about each other’s days. Unplugging can encourage you to release any existing mental tension and recharge your mind. To learn more about the options you have to unplug, read our article Making Unplugging Easy.

Take 5 minutes to yourself. Separating yourself from whatever you’re doing is a great way to practice self-care. Take a break to sit and reflect or enjoy some time to be alone and do nothing but relax. Make a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a moment or two for you. Giving yourself a small break, every hour or so will keep your mind sharp and ready for whatever your day might bring.

You can’t always avoid stress, but you can make managing it easier. Start small, and practice some of these helpful tips. Be patient with yourself and don’t give up! Soon you’ll be a self-care star.

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