January can be a very difficult time for people as they come off the hustle of the holidays; bills come in, the weather is still poor and everyone goes back to the same routine. It is in January that self-care becomes even more important.
What is Self-Care? Self-Care is any form of intervention provided by an individual to help look after their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Often overlooked, this form of care is critical in preventative medicine, reducing the risk of burn-out, illness, injury and mental health illness.
Some great examples include: taking time to read a book, meditating, volunteering, practicing spirituality, getting a massage (or see your chiropractor!), getting your body moving by going for a walk or trying yoga, trying something creative. Anything out of the ordinary that takes time to focus on your own well-being is imperative, especially if you’re at risk for winter blues.
Check out this article in the CBC about how exercise is just what the doctor prescribed!