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25 Days of Self-Care To Treat Yourself During The Holidays

Self-care is often overlooked. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, the concept of self-care is extremely important, as it helps encourage maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others.  With the holidays coming up, stress seems to consume us even more due to the pressures that accompany the holiday season — travel plans, hosting relatives and finding the perfect gifts for all your friends and family. So this year, gift yourself by filling your December calendar with some holiday self-care ! Below is a list of self-care ideas to get you started so you can nourish yourself for the holidays. Write Yourself a Love Letter An important aspect of self-care is being kind to yourself and practicing self-love, so start by writing yourself a thoughtful love letter. Write down things you love and admire about yourself, no matter how big or small they might be. If you are in need of a place to begin, check out this prin

6 Tips to Keep Kids Busy & Mentally Healthy This Summer


With school winding down soon and summer break almost here, kids will have a lot more time on their hands. How can parents keep their children occupied and mentally healthy over the long break?

 

Dr. Stephanie Hancock, PsychDNP, is the CEO of Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health, a trauma care expertand the bestselling author of 24 self-help books. She offers these tips:

 

-        Get away: Just like adults, a change of scenery and a break from the everyday routine is important for your child’s mental health. The traditional summer vacation trip might be a little more difficult this year, but even just getting away for a few days can be beneficial. Small day trips can have the same positive effect. Whatever you do, family time builds memories and is good for your child’s mental well-being. 

 

-        Help them find a purpose: Teaching kids responsibility and giving them a purpose is important to their mental health, especially over the summer when there is less for them to do. Create a list of daily and age-appropriate chores around the house. If they are old enough, consider a parttime job. Encourage your kids to volunteer at a local nonprofit organization, school, church or workplace.  

 

-        Incorporate some education: Summer is a time for kids to unwind and have fun. It’s also important for them to stay mentally sharp and incorporate some educational activities into their routine. It doesn’t have to be boring. Consider age-appropriate books on topics that your child will enjoy reading or maybe a weekly refresher class with some friends, so they don’t forget everything they learned this past school year.

 

-        Try something new: The days of summer can be long, and you don’t want your children getting bored, so use this time to introduce them to new things they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience. It can be cooking or baking, playing a new sport, playing chess or checkers, attending a lecture at a museum, playing a musical instrument or whatever. 

 

-        Limit electronics: Most kids love their electronic devices, and in moderation there’s nothing wrong with this. However, too much screen time can have a negative effect, disrupt your child’s mood and bring on stress and anxiety, interfere with sleep and take a toll on their eyes. Age five and under should be limited to one hour each day. Six years and up no more than two hours each day. 

 

-        Set a flexible routine: Having structure and routine contributes to better mental health for your kids, but over the summer you can be a little lenient with it. Make sure your kids get enough sleep, eat three healthy meals and stay hydrated each day, and get plenty of physical activity. Besides from that, if things don’t go according to plan everyday over the summer, give yourself and your kids a break. It’s okay to stray once in a while over summer break.  

 

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