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  • Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

    In the busyness of life, it’s easy to neglect our well-being in pursuit of our goals and responsibilities. By making self-care a priority, we can maintain balance and inner peace. Here are three simple, yet powerful practices you can incorporate daily into your routine to nurture your mind, body, and soul.


    Finding moments of peace and tranquility in a busy day can feel like a luxury. But carving out just a few minutes each day for meditation can work wonders for your mental well-being. Here’s how to do it. Find a quiet place where you’re comfortable and pay attention to your breathing. Allow your thoughts to come and go, and if your mind wanders, gently guide it back to the present moment. Take as much time as you need or can accommodate into your schedule. With practice, taking time to meditate will help you navigate life’s demands with grace, clarity, and perseverance.


    Feeding your body nutritious foods is not only important for physical health but did you know that it also plays a significant role in supporting your emotional and mental well-being? Try to incorporate a variety of foods into your diet. Drink plenty of water throughout the day as your schedule allows. 

    A key here is not to worry about what you’re eating, but rather, be intuitive about the foods you eat. Ask yourself, “what does my body need right now?“ Or, “what’s best for my body at this moment?” Sometimes we need a Snickers bar and other times we need an apple. By nourishing your body and not worrying about what you eat, you’ll feel better not only physically, but also mentally.


    Engaging in creative activities that bring you joy is a powerful form of self-care that nourishes the soul. Maybe it’s painting, writing, dancing, or playing music. Taking time for self-expression allows you to tap into your inner creativity and connect with your authentic self. Set aside moments each day to participate in activities that bring you joy and a sense of purpose. Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself, if necessary. Allow yourself to play and discover life with childlike wonder. By prioritizing your creative impulses, you’ll notice a deeper sense of joy and peace in your life.

    Incorporating these self-care practices into your daily routine can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Remember, self-care isn’t selfish! It’s an important investment in your health both mentally and physically. 

    Make time for yourself, and see how your life blossoms with greater peace, joy, and fulfillment. Seeking therapy is a form of self-care, and I’m available to help you gain balance in your life. Contact me to set an appointment! 

    Elaine Murphy, AMFT

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