We’re back with some more self-care tips in Part II of our blog, and we’re glad you’re joining us! Self-care is important at every time of year, but during an election season where women’s issues move to the forefront of political agendas, it can be a difficult time — and one where self-care becomes more crucial than ever. Find a few more tips in our blog, and make your next appointment with a gynecologist who always puts your health and needs first. Contact Dr. Carole Neuman today.

Get outside.

Finally, those early mornings and later evenings are starting to cool off here in Jacksonville! Whenever you get the chance, make a point of getting outside to take in some nature, at least once every day. Disconnecting from electronics and technology and simply spending some time outside can be a great reset for us all.

Exercise regularly.

Many people think of self-care as taking lots of baths with those nifty bath bomb things. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time to unwind (in fact, we encourage it!), but one of the most important components of self-care is making sure we’re doing things to take care of our body. This doesn’t always mean doing things we want to do — truth be told, most of us would rather lay on the couch after work instead of hit the gym — but doing things that our body needs. When our body feels good and is healthy, we feel the same.

Take some walks, find a friend to go to yoga or play your favorite sport, or try a new activity — exercise releases endorphins, and will lead you to feeling a lot better.

Practice saying “no.”

Too many of us have a habit of saying yes to practically everything that comes our way — but for much of the time, we agree to do something more so out of obligation than because we really want to do it. Fulfilling obligations and piling on more responsibilities is not practicing self-care, even though it might feel like we’re doing the right thing. But if you are feeling fried and overcommitted, you won’t be able to fully show up to the responsibilities you took on in the first place.

Set fewer plans, and before you say you’ll do something (be it a happy hour with friends or taking on another project to help at work), think about if you really want to do it. Ask yourself, if everyone would understand if I said no, would I still want to do this? If the answer is no, it’s healthy to listen to what you truly need.

Of course, we can’t shirk off our responsibilities entirely, but we need to practice finding that fine balance of saying yes to things out of politeness versus really wanting to do something.

Make time for you.

Whether it’s 15 minutes for you to read your latest book, or an entire Saturday to work on your latest craft project, escape from it all when you need to. It might feel selfish at first, but it’s necessary to improve your mental health and overall well-being. You’ll likely feel happier and more optimistic when you allow yourself to escape on a regular basis.

There are so many things you can do to practice self-care, but these are just some ideas that will hopefully make weathering this political storm a little more bearable. Self-care is one of the most important things we can practice, and another great form of it is taking care of our physical health, as well as our mental health. Continue practicing self-care by putting your health first, and making an appointment with gynecologist Dr. Neuman today.