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12 Suggestions for Taking Care of Yourself

1.Learn to air your feelings. Don’t keep them bottled up inside you. Share your sorrows and disappointments with someone you trust. Remember, expressed feelings are changed feelings.

2.Avoid comparing yourself with others by admiring their gifts and ignoring your gifts. This kind of envy causes
self-disgust. Put no one’s head higher than your own.

3.Choose people you can call on for emotional support. Agree to be there for each other. Offer advice only when it is asked for. Listen without interrupting. Take turns talking and listening.

4.Take time to play. Remember play is pleasant activity that you do just because it feels good. Remind yourself that you deserve to take time to play.

5.Don’t forget to laugh, especially at yourself. Look for the humor in things around you. Let your hair down more often. Do something silly and totally unexpected from time to time.

6.Learn to relax. You can use books, tapes, programs, classes, instructors or other materials to teach you how to relax. Relaxation improves your mind, helps your body heal, and feels so much better than stress and tension.

7.Insist on your right to be human. Don’t let others put you on a pedestal. When people put you on a pedestal, they expect you to be perfect and get upset when you let them down.

8.Learn to say no. As you become more comfortable saying no to unreasonable expectations, requests or demands of others you will discover that you have more compassion. Then, when you say yes to others, you will feel better about yourself and the people you’re responding to.

9.Change jobs if you are miserable at work. First, decide if the job is wrong for you or if certain people at work cause
you to feel miserable. Pay more attention to the things you enjoy about your job and less attention to the things that annoy you. Remember that all jobs have unpleasant aspects.

10.Stretch your muscles.Break a sweat. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Park farther from the door. Take the
stairs. You don’t need fancy clothes, club memberships or expensive equipment
to add exercise to your daily routine.

11.Practice being a positive, encouraging person. Each time you give a word of encouragement to others, you
feel better and strengthen your best self.

12.Pay attention to your spiritual life. Slow down. Practice sitting quietly. Listen to your inner voice. Spend time thinking about things which bring peace, beauty and serenity to your life. Discover your own spiritual path if the religious practices passed down to you are not helpful.

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