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4 Things Millennials Can Teach Us About Self-Care

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4 Things Millennials Can Teach Us About Self-Care

We care about a lot of things in today’s modern world such as our jobs, children or environment. However, how much time do we dedicate to caring about ourselves? Maybe the more important question is how much encouragement do we get for self-care?

Millennials have brought a new set of values and expectations into both the personal and professional lives of all generations. When it comes to self-care, everyone can learn a lot from these seemingly selfie-obsessed 20-somethings. When you are feeling overwhelmed, overworked and overburdened, try a few of these timeless and timely self-care strategies.

Spend some quality time with man’s best friend
Your dog is your lifeline to positivity. Self-care is a blend of action and attitude, and playing with your dog on a regular basis can set the standard for a happier day. The joy and excitement our dogs often feel can rub off on us the more time we spend with them. They fill our lives with emotional stability, exercise, structure and unconditional love. Dogs help to take away anxiety, stress and depression.

Stay hungry for experience and adventure
This world is big and beautiful and boundless. You don’t have to leave your own city to embrace new experiences that empower you as a person. When you thirst for newness and adventure, you are giving yourself the gift of growth. Self-care is often about slowing down, but sometimes it can benefit from speeding up. Challenge yourself with new experiences. Broaden your perspectives with new adventures. For example, studies show that even just looking at photos of a vacation can cause a surge in mood. Taking vacations that excite you in the moment, will also excite you later on.

Seek balance with compassion for yourself
Self-care isn’t about being selfish; it’s about finding a balance between prioritizing yourself and prioritizing everyone else. When searching for that balance is challenging, remember to be kind to yourself. When we’re stressed, we often feel guilty, like we aren’t smart enough or talented enough to handle our own lives. In reality, it may be that the role we play in society is too inflexible or expectations are unrealistic. Self-care starts with having compassion for yourself in these moments of perceived failure. Understand that you can learn just as much from proving yourself right as proving yourself wrong.

Be flexible in mind, heart and body
Situations where we cling to expectations often lead to some level of worry, anxiety and disappointment. That’s what make flexibility such a crucial component of self-care. Being flexible with the direction life goes can help you adapt to change more smoothly. Flexibility can help you forgive others — and yourself— so you can let go of feelings of guilt, anger or shame, which severely limit your capacity for self-care. Getting good exercise and eating the right foods energizes your mind and body, helps you deflect stress and reduces the risk of injury or illness.

Read a book, take a bath, hop on a bike, take a class, practice yoga, meditate, paint your nails, get a massage, unplug your phone, play with your dog, go on a trip— these suggestions are just the tip of the self-care iceberg. It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves when we feel busy or overwhelmed, but, remember, self-care makes us more productive, helps us to focus and improves self-esteem. Self-care can be a hard habit to start, but it is worth it. If you can find 20 minutes in your day and work on one self-care act during that time for a month, you might see a substantial difference.

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