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Do You Actually Take Care of Yourself?

You take care of yourself, right? I mean, we’re all grown ups here. We feed ourselves. We go to sleep at (hopefully) reasonable hours. We go to work so we can afford to live. We pay all those pesky bills. Wait—those are responsibilities. What about self-care?

Self-care goes above and beyond responsibility. It means loving yourself and treating yourself like royalty. Selfish, you say? Absolutely not. You can’t take care of anyone else in an effective way unless you are mentally, physically and spiritually nourished yourself. It’s the whole “place-the-oxygen-mask-over-your-own-face-before-assisting-others” concept. Hold off your groan.

I understand how difficult it is to prioritize self-care. It can seem like a big waste of precious time—who has time for a gentle, technology-free walk these days? But, turning your full attention towards yourself on a regular basis will make you happier, more productive, less stressed and more helpful to others in the long run. To embark on your self-care practice, try incorporating these simple ideas into your weekly schedule, and be sure to shower yourself with the love and affection you usually reserve for those closest to you:

Meditation

Ugh, I know. Everyone is always recommending mediation as a way to improve yourself. But, guess what! It works! We live in a go-go culture. Anytime you have a chance to quiet your mind or focus alone on a positive mantra, do it. Meditation is wholly about the self and allows you to deepen your understanding of who you truly are. If you can only practice one self-care ritual, this is it.

Homecook healthy meals

It is easy to get take-out or thaw out some frozen pizzas. But, cooking yourself a nourishing meal loaded with fresh veggies once or twice a week is important. If you fill your belly with goodness, you are showing yourself that you are worth it. If you feed it processed junk, that kind of sends the message that you are only worthy of junk. Fuel your body with homemade love a few times a week.

Move your body, yo

This doesn’t have to be an intense and sudden dedication to the Crossfit lifestyle. It can be as simple as walking, some weekly yoga, gardening or taking a gentle bike ride into town. Human bodies are made for motion. Think of all the hundreds of incredible muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints we have that facilitate all sorts of nuanced movements. Appreciate them by working out the creaks and allowing them to do their job. (That being said, show them appreciation with a massage once in a while, too!)

Pack your lunch

When you don’t pack a healthy lunch and/or snacks during the week, two things can occur. A) you get really hangry and feel miserable until you frantically pull into McDonald’s and gorge yourself. Or B) you realize you have nothing to eat so you go spend $20 on a salad, a juice and a latte at that kinda-healthy cafe around the corner. There is no need to feel miserable or waste your money. Take the time to prepare for what you’ll need to make it through the day as easily as possible. Some carrots, hummus, a bit of protein, yogurt or even an old-school PB&J will do. Just be prepared to give your body what it needs and deserves.

Take a bath

Bath culture seems to be female-dominated, but real men take baths, too. In fact, there may be nothing more glorious than a steamy epsom salt bath. Not only does it boost magnesium levels that get depleted by stress, but it is incredibly relaxing, both on a physical level and a mental one. Be like a Japanese macaque and set aside 45 minutes once or twice a week to sit in hot water and read, listen to music or do absolutely nothing. Think of that peaceful time as an investment in yourself, not a waste of a precious hour.

Drink a variety of waters

The healthiest thing to drink is obviously water, but drinking glass after glass of tepid water everyday can get boring real quick. Try sipping herbal teas or fruit-infused waters throughout the day. Just grab a few tea bags to-go and pop a few slices of lemon and cucumber into your canteen on your way out the door. Boom, you’re good to go.

Read a book for enjoyment

There are two reasons for reading: for enlightenment or for entertainment. It can be tempting to only read for enlightenment: to learn a new skill, to improve yourself, to understand politics/the environment/the economics of modern day farmers markets. In that light, reading for entertainment can seem like a real waste when there is so much to learn. But, if you enjoy it, is it really a waste of time? Heck, no! Self-care is all about indulging in what you love to do. Plus, reading for entertainment does have its bonuses, like reinvigorating your creativity and imagination. There is no need to sneer at a book because it doesn’t have some sort of arbitrary adult value. Find your Harry Potter and cozy up, devouring it.

Take a long walk alone

We have endless toys to distract us from ourselves when we are finally alone. In fact, can you even remember the last time you were alone for an extended period of time without any sort of technological interaction? Technology is a tempting siren. To find solace, plan an early morning or evening walk, around the block, through the woods, anywhere. If you must bring your phone, power it down. Feel how liberating it is to just be with me, myself and I for a change!

Feed your creative inner child

We all have a child that lives within us, but a lot of these children are starving. In a world of adult responsibility, our inner children crave art, creativity and imagination. Feed your inner child once in a while, whether it’s with a Spiderman action figure at the dollar store, a pack of gold foil stickers (you know, the ones coveted by children everywhere), a trip to the science museum, or a date with yourself, some paper and some paint (brushes optional). Revel in the whimsy of life and allow yourself to take things a little less seriously. We have fallen into the belief that alcohol is the only way to have fun as an adult. Reengage with your inner child and prove otherwise. In order to practice self-care, you have to care for your whole self, not just boring, adult you.

The majority of us put self-care on the sidelines, but it is one of the easiest and most effective techniques to improve your health and happiness. What are your favorite self-care rituals? Share with the community below!

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/do-you-actually-take-care-of-yourself.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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