Simple Ways to Be Kind to Yourself

by | Nov 22, 2021 | Spotlight

Practicing self-care is good for the mind, body, and spirit. There are several things you can do to put the mind-body connection to work for you. One example is to utilize mindfulness meditation, which can be as simple as remembering to take a deep breath before you answer the phone.
“Engaging in mindfulness meditation is something you can do when you have time and a few minutes to focus,” said Dr. Dan Bennett, chief of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente’s Panorama City Medical Center. “The great thing about making this type of mind-body connection is that it doesn’t require a guide, a yoga mat or any special equipment.”
Here are some simple things you can do to boost your mood, beat stress, and enjoy life more. Each one takes just a little time and effort — and you’re worth it.

Take Up Meditation

Focus on your breath and being present in the moment. You might not experience instant inner peace, but a few minutes of quite meditation can hp clear your thoughts, calm your sense, and recharge your energy.

Sleep Well And Sleep Enough

Lack of sleep can affect the way you feel mentally and physically. Limit bedtime distractions if you have trouble sleeping — you can’t leave the day’s stress at the door if you’re checking email, texting, or browsing online.

Socialize Face-To-Face

Connecting with others can do wonders for your physical and emotional wellness. Calls, texts, and social networks are great for staying in touch, but quality time together is what really helps people — and relationships — thrive.

For more information about the mind-body connection,
visit the Kaiser Permanente website at kp.org/mindbody

 

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