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The 5 Pillars of Self-Care

The more we are pulled in many directions, the less connected we are to our own selves. This disconnect from ourselves deprives us of the precious feedback loop we need to balance our lives and feel empowered. It's what I call the "five pillars of self-care," and it helps us achieve balance and internal harmony in our lives.

1. Diet

The diet industry is a billion-dollar goldmine that churns out new diet fads every season. Food is medicine, and it directly impacts our mood and our ability to regulate emotions. Ask yourself, am I eating three regularly spaced meals a day and eating foods that are healthy, nutritious, and wholesome?

2. Sleep

In this information age, many of my clients report that it is difficult to turn off work. It is not uncommon for people to sleep with their phones by their bedside or work in bed until the wee hours of the morning. Having a sound sleep helps the brain rest, process and sort information from the day, and aids in restoring and rejuvenating the body for the next day.

3. Exercise

Exercise is the best and natural antidepressant available on the market. It releases endorphins in the body that keep us happy and positive. Walking or jogging stimulates both the left and right sides of the brain. It also helps us to make good decisions at work and home and to have a generally positive attitude.

4. Social interactions

Introverts tend to feel recharged and energized when they have alone time to reflect and introspect, while extroverts feel rejuvenated and come alive in the company of others. A healthy balance of me-time and social time is required to maintain stability, mindfulness, and connection to oneself.

5. Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of and observe the present moment. When you practice a few moments of mindful self-awareness every day, you are training your mind to focus on the present. Being mindful gives you a direct channel into not only your consciousness but also your partner's mood.

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