When we practice self-care, we decrease our stress levels and increase our resilience.
Often, however, we think of self-care as an indulgence. But it’s not, and everyone should get in on the ways self-care makes us feel good.
One way to start the conversation about self-care is through grounding, which helps keep us in the here and now. These exercises don’t have to be grand or expensive gestures. They can be done any place, any time—and no one even has to know you’re doing them! Get started:
- Use your five senses. What do you see, hear, feel, smell and taste right now
- Find three things you have never noticed before. Look around the room and take notice of anything that stands out. Describe these three things to yourself in detail.
- Use temperature changes. Hold something warm, like a mug of tea, or something cold, like an ice cube, in your hands.
- Reorient to place and time. Ask yourself where you are, the current date and how old you are.
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