You've probably seen the term/concept 'self-care' buzzing around your social media lately—stock images of a woman doing yoga or a super ripped guy posed to perfection—but what is self-care? The World Health Organization (WHO) describes self-care as "the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker." So, self-care is a 'all-in' approach to getting you healthy.

A 'healthy' you looks different for each person. Some of us need to take a relaxation day (or three), while others of us need to adopt an "eat less, move more" lifestyle. No matter what your self-care looks like, failing to exercising self-care can result in a less healthier and less happier you.

Thanksgiving 2020 (sigh) was not like past Thanksgivings because of COVID-19—family traditions were disrupted or done virtually. One thing that might have been a staple at your Thanksgiving table, besides turkey, is "Food guilt."

Food guilt sounds a little like this: I shouldn't have eaten that, I just regressed on fitness journey, urgh—I have no will power. By now, that extra slice of pecan pie moved through your digestive system and you've already physically released its remnants (if you know what I mean), so release it mentally as well. Digest your food guilt, let it go and move forward!

Moving forward doesn't necessarily mean you completely ignore that fact that you may have overindulged. It means that you implement a game plan to get back on track, or start a new regimen all together. Now is the perfect time to get your self-care on.

Not sure where to start? No problem, check out these easy to implement self-care tips:

  1. H2O. Ahh Water, "the source of life!" Drinking an adequate amount of water can improve your overall health. Water is a natural purifier. It flushes your kidneys, karate kicks sodium, and promotes glowing skin—who doesn't like great skin?

  2. Journaling. Ok, I am a bit biased here. I love colorful journals, journals with inspirational messages and themes, pocket size and large name it! Journaling is a great way to express yourself. You can jot down your feelings and get them all out in a safe place. You can also use a journal to track what you eat. With journaling, the possibilities are endless!

  3. Crafts. Cheers to creativity! Hone your creativity juices and start crafting. Perhaps, you design a tie-dye t-shirt with your favorite color(s), or the favorite color(s) of someone you love. Another cool craft is coloring books for adults. Coloring is a great way to relief stress—now imagine creating your own coloring book! Art. What would I do without art? I enjoy painting abstract art pieces (I'll share a few of my pieces one day). Not only is it enjoyable, it helped me manage anxiety. Whatever you decide to do—'get cratfy with it–"na na na na na na na."'

  4. Support Group. Curate your own support group made of family and friends. Who knows you better than close relatives and friends? They can give you their honest opinions, while being your biggest cheerleader. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask for help, and you'd be surprised by how many people are willing to give you want you need.

  5. Do NOTHING. Man—this is probably the hardest to implement. Many of us fail to do 'nothing' because we see it as a form of failure. The truth is, doing nothing is actually doing something. Not answering a late night email, or doing the dishes immediately after eating is OK (I promise). The email will be there in the morning and so will the dishes! Take time for yourself. Repeat after me: "I will restore. I will relax. I will release."

I hope these tips help you to find your inner self-care queen/king.

Team oXXgyn

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