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COVID-19 has upended our daily routines, our future plans, and our lifestyles. Deirdre is here to share some of her favorite self-care tips to manage stress, sleep, physical activity, and more to take care of you right now.

Self-care is so much more than a manicure or a spa visit. The beauty and wellness industry have monetized an experience that should be free.

You can feel restored and rejuvenated by folding in care for yourself into your every day life.

Now more than ever, practicing self-care is essential when it comes to taking care of our emotional health and well-being, says Christine Carter, PhD, a sociologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California in Berkeley.

“Self-care is not selfish,” says Dr. Carter. “This is a time of incredible anxiety and stress. Focusing on what makes us feel nourished, on what gives us meaning, is part of easing those feelings and giving us a more solid foundation.”

Taking care of yourself…

Prevents burnout

Reduces stress

Improves focus

Increases productivity

In her TED talk, “Self-Care Made Simple”, Susannah Joy Winters states that taking care of yourself is an imperative practice that provides people with much needed breaks. Winters also points out that physical and emotional stress impacts the immune system, energy levels, and emotional well-being and that restorative practices are the mechanism for providing essential rejuvenation. Susannah Winters shares here top free forms of self-care:

10 minutes in silence

10 minutes moving

10 minutes in nature