Self Care: How Not to Miss the Point

To survive in this hectic world, we may feel forced to put our own needs aside and function on autopilot. With so many tasks that we just need to get through in a day, it only seems natural to postpone those that aren't set in stone, like cooking a healthy meal, having a good night's sleep, or enjoying a dinner out with friends.

However, functioning on autopilot and neglecting our needs takes a toll on our health and wellbeing, as it may damage our immune system and cause various physical and mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

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Why Taking Care of Your Own Well-Being Helps Others

Our emotional well-being can benefit the people around us.

Friday, March 20, happened to be the International Day of Happiness, but people around the world feel anything but happy right now. Many of us are stressed and worried, wondering what this global pandemic means for our friends, families, and communities.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Ways to Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Between work and family life it can be difficult to find time for yourself. The stress and pressure of everyday life can cause a lot of anxiety, and it can be challenging to know how to handle it. While you may not have time to take an elaborate vacation or rejuvenate at a spa, there are some things you can do to help take the pressure off. Next time you're feeling particularly anxious, try distracting yourself with one of these tricks. 

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Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

Self Compassion 101

The other day I fell flat on my face. Literally. I was rushing across a street in an unfamiliar neighborhood and BAM!

As I peeled myself off the pavement, I noticed 2 things:

Blood was dripping from my lip.
My mind began flooding with negative thoughts.

Some of the thoughts shocked me.

You’re old.
You’re too fat.
What a clumsy idiot!

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Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

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05/18/2020
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To survive in this hectic world, we may feel forced to put our own needs aside and function on autopilot. With so many tasks that we just need to get through in a day, it only seems natural to... read more
Woman sitting on ground next to sign THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE
03/30/2020
Our emotional well-being can benefit the people around us. Friday, March 20, happened to be the International Day of Happiness, but people around the world feel anything but happy right now. Many... read more
Silhouette of stressed man against colorful blue and green background
11/07/2019
Between work and family life it can be difficult to find time for yourself. The stress and pressure of everyday life can cause a lot of anxiety, and it can be challenging to know how to handle it.... read more
woman falling through purple background
05/03/2019
The other day I fell flat on my face. Literally. I was rushing across a street in an unfamiliar neighborhood and BAM! As I peeled myself off the pavement, I noticed 2 things: Blood was... read more
Torso down photo of wman reading in bed with cup of tea
05/18/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
To survive in this hectic world, we may feel forced to put our own needs aside and function on autopilot. With so many tasks that we just need to get through in a day, it only seems natural to... read more
Woman sitting on ground next to sign THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE
03/30/2020
Our emotional well-being can benefit the people around us. Friday, March 20, happened to be the International Day of Happiness, but people around the world feel anything but happy right now. Many... read more
Silhouette of stressed man against colorful blue and green background
11/07/2019
Between work and family life it can be difficult to find time for yourself. The stress and pressure of everyday life can cause a lot of anxiety, and it can be challenging to know how to handle it.... read more
woman falling through purple background
05/03/2019
The other day I fell flat on my face. Literally. I was rushing across a street in an unfamiliar neighborhood and BAM! As I peeled myself off the pavement, I noticed 2 things: Blood was... read more