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Genuine, sustained self-care is an art.
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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

Back in December when I posted about the four elements of self-care I briefly mentioned stepping outside of your comfort zone as a means of promoting competence. I would like to further explore this idea. First of all, what do I mean by "comfort zone"? A comfort zone, while not a physical place, is the space where we feel familiar, safe and secure. We may feel this psyc...

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How Do You Give Yourself Praise?

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back or acknowledged a job you did well? Giving self-praise can be challenging at best, and can even feel egotistical at worst . All human beings have a strong inherent need to be recognized and valued. The truth is, we all need a balance between being able to acknowledge ourselves and needing acknowledgement from others....

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The Art of Saying

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

How easy is it for you to say "no" to others? I often hear people who are stressed out or over-committed admit, "I have a hard time saying no". Few would argue that uttering this little, two-letter word is more difficult for some than others. Saying "no" when necessary, is a tool we all need in our self-care toolbox. As we prioritize time for ourselves, it is inevitabl...

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Putting Yourself at the Top of Your To-Do List

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

If I asked you to take a look at your to-do list, how many of you would have self-care, or "take time for me" on that list? If you do, congratulations! Most often, I find there are three scenarios that exist around scheduling time for self-care: We don't schedule time for self-care We schedule self-care and stick to the schedule...

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Building and Sustaining Boundaries

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

Boundaries are a vital aspect of self-care. Establishing boundaries can help one manage stress, accomplish goals, get enough sleep, and enjoy a healthy personal and professional life. For some of us, setting and maintaining boundaries is much easier said than done! I don’t know about you, but I personally didn’t have a ‘boundary 101’ class in school....

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Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

Happy 2017! This is the time of year when many of us make new year's resolutions. While new year's resolutions are a great way to start off the new year feeling our best, research shows that while about 50% of Americans make new year's resolutions, only 8% actually achieve them. This new year, I invite you to consider creating something differen...

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Elements of Self-Care

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

There are many different elements, or facets to self-care. When I think of self-care, I immediately think of taking care of myself physically. I know for me personally, part of practicing self-care is eating right and getting some physical activity every day. I appreciate Kristin Souers' model of what she calls the "Top Four Components of Self-Care" which include health, love, c...

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