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Do you like your doctors? Do you feel at ease with them? Do you feel comfortable asking questions? Doctors are experts in human care, and in order to practice good self-care, you must have some great doctors on your side. This doesn't always come easy. It can take some time to find a doctor with whom you are comfortable, but it's worth effort. You are worth effort.
Mental Care: The Most Important Part
By now you may be thinking that while all these aspects of self-care seem like common sense, they are a lot easier said than done. When you live life feeling chronically overwhelmed, it's very difficult to find time to put these ideas into action. Here's what you can do to set yourself up for success: take time out.
Schedule in "down time" every single day to help keep your batteries charged. Retreat from chaos of daily life and allow yourself time to relax - alone. Even if you spend only five minutes a day meditating, walking, or just sitting quietly, it will allow you to slow your thoughts and will help you get centered.
Then, when you feel centered, take it a step further and express yourself! Journal, paint, sing, talk to your plants, or do whatever it is that allows you to express your feelings and emotions! Finding healthy ways of self-expression will help free your mind and allow you to spend more energy focusing on other aspects of self-care.
The next time you find yourself cutting corners on your self-care to focus on needs of others, remember that you canít be much help to anyone until you put on your oxygen mask!
Jennifer Koretsky is a Professional ADD Management Coach who helps adults manage their ADD and move forward in life. She encourages clients to increase self-awareness, focus on strengths and talents, and create realistic action plans. To subscribe to Jenniferís free email newsletter, The ADD Management Guide, please visit http://www.addmanagement.com/e-newsletter.htm