By: Nestor Velez

No one human is the same. We don’t heal the same nor do the same “treatments” work for everyone. It’s important we take care of our minds and bodies every day. We only have one and we only live once. Let’s take care of it and make the best of this one life we have to live.

There are many different ways of doing this.

One practice we can all make time for is self-care. There is no one way of doing this nor is there one self-care activity that works better than others. Do what works for you, try different things and keep doing what you enjoy and makes you feel better.

Here are a couple of my favorite self-care activities.

  1. Exercise daily
    1. Exercise helps you both physically and mentally. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, helps reduce the clutter in your mind and your brain releases chemicals like serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. These three chemicals are responsible for your happiness.
  2. Listen to music
    1. Music can have an extremely relaxing effect on our mind and body. Listening to focus music or nature sounds can help us feel calm or and at ease. Different styles of music make us feel different emotions. Discover new genres of music and see what feels best to you!
  3. Take care of your gut
    1. The gut is one of the core disease-fighting systems of the human body. It turns out gut bacteria may affect how we feel. The gut microbiome plays an important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system so make sure you’re eating all the right foods to keep your gut healthy.
  4. Sleep
    1. While the amount needed varies from person to person, 8 hours is optimal. Sleep reduces stress, inflammation, improves memory and may reduce the risk of depression.
  5. Write
    1. Or as many call it, journaling. Writing helps release thoughts trapped in your head and helps release emotions that are trapped inside you. Set aside 5 – 10 minutes every morning to write. It doesn’t have to be a cohesive story. Get a pen and pad and write whatever comes to mind even if it doesn’t make sense. The purpose here is to get the thoughts out of your mind and on paper so that you have a clearer head for the day ahead. It’s also great to look back and read what you wrote months or years ago. You’ll notice how much you’ve grown.

These are my personal favorites. You do what works for you! There are no rules to “self-care”. If it makes you feel grounded, happy, calm, etc., do more of that!

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