If you slipped on your self-care routines a bit in 2020, you’re not alone. Thankfully, 2021 is here, meaning we have a chance to re-engage with healthy habits and practice proper self-care. Here are five healthy habits that therapists themselves say they’re doubling down on this year.
'I want to try to incorporate rest daily. This can look like a 15-minute yoga video or sitting for 10 minutes between sessions and focusing on deep breathing … Rest gives your mind a break. It gives your mind a chance to pause from thinking,' Psychologist Rebecca Leslie, to Huffpost.
'This year I’m committed to reminding myself that no one has higher standards for myself than I do, and that the relief from finishing something in a timely matter is part of being kind to my future self,' Psychotherapist Kathleen Dahlen deVos, to Huffpost.
'Being gentle with ourselves when we are struggling actually allows us to have more emotional resources to cope. Self-compassion also allows us to be gentler to others in return. I know I want to continue to support a kinder gentler world and I know it starts with me,' Psychologist Sarah Joy Park, to Huffpost.
'When I’m feeling impatient in a relationship, job or anything else, I’m going to pay attention to pacing. That means reminding myself that everyone goes at their own pace. That should make me feel more patient and help me to match my effort and expectations to the outcomes I hope for,' Therapist Rachel Kazez, to Huffpost.
'In 2021 I will be more mindful of checking in on others, focusing on healthy relationships and letting go of the bad ones. Life is too short to spend it in the company of people who suck the life out of you,' Therapist Ibinye Osibodu-Onyali, to Huffpost.