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Genuine, sustained self-care is an art.
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The Power of Affirmations

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

Often when I talk to adults about self-care the conversation leads to changes people want to make in their life. These changes may be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. This seems natural as taking the time to recognize where we do and don't take care of ourselves builds self-awareness and from awareness blossoms evolution (a.k.a. change). Many have probably rea...

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Journaling as Self-Care

Posted by Michele Crawford - Health

How many of you have kept a journal at some point in your life? A journal can take many forms including a diary, a gratitude journal, daily affirmations, or simply a space to work through life challenges or celebrate success . Committing to writing in a journal on a regular basis can be a great way to practice self-care as journaling encourages self-awareness, mindfulness, self-confidenc...

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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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