What is Self-Care and why is it important?
Self-Care simply means looking after yourself mentally, physically, spiritually, as well as psychologically. This should not be considered selfish but necessary to provide for others and maintain resiliency. As Audre Lorde, the feminist writer, once noted, “Caring for yourself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” ~The New York Times, Nov. 2020. Try not to be overwhelmed by developing a plan, just take a deep breath and start small.
Self Care Ideas
Take Time for Self-Reflection:
- How do you want to take care of yourself?
- How will you commit to yourself?
- What practices/habits nourish you?
Implementing Self-Care into Your Day:
- Make time for yourself every day.
- Develop a healthy sleep routine.
- Aim for a healthy diet.
- Take breaks when needed.
- Schedule time for yourself within your daily routine.
- Find a meditation app.
- Buy or make a journal.
- Find a way to move your body daily.
- Limit looking at email after work hours.
- Give yourself a time limit to be finished with work for the day.
- Take time to breathe in and also check-in with yourself daily.
- Practice Gratitude.
Resource Links to Support You with Your Journey:
Early Childhood Specialist
Find more tips from A Healthier Michigan.
There never seems to be enough hours in the day for a busy mom. In fact, 56 percent of women find it difficult to balance work and home life. Though it’s easy to let time for yourself come second to family, work and household obligations, putting it off can do more harm than good. The likelihood of illness, chronic stress, exhaustion and burnout increases for those who regularly disregard their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Mothers and women, in general, should consider practicing some of these acts of stress-reduction techniques in everyday life.
Great Start Readiness Program is a Michigan state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to Wayne RESA to administer the program locally.
These blogs were developed and funded under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.
Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.