August Self-Care Activities

self-care activities Aug 01, 2021
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August is back-to-school month for many, but even if you're not anticipating any major changes in your day-to-day routines, the new month is an opportunity to change up your self-care rituals. Is it time for a shift in routines? Learn how these August self-care activities can help you shift your priorities and keep self-care at the top of your to-do list.

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August Self-Care

Here are 10 August self-care activities to explore this month:

1. Organize Something

Clutter has been associated with emotional exhaustion and stress. That's because organized spaces are calming to the mind, and being able to find what you need when you need it makes life feel a whole lot easier. If you struggle with organization, start with one small area of your home or office and work from there. And if your efforts don't bring about the results you were hoping for, you may want to hire a professional organizer to help you map out a strategy to clear the clutter.

2. Review Your Credit Score

Checking your credit score on a regular basis helps you keep tabs on your financial well-being. Knowing where you stand financially gives you a better sense of what needs to happen to maintain or improve your score. Add a note to your calendar to review your credit report and credit score at least once a year.

3. Do a Breast Self-Exam

If a monthly breast self-exam isn't already in your self-care rotation, consider adding it now. This goes for men, too. While it's rare for breast cancer to occur in men, the risk is still about 1 in 833. If you're not sure how to conduct the exam, follow the 5-step process outlined on the website.

4. Schedule a Massage

Massage can be an effective self-care strategy for managing medical conditions like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and migraines, and there are many different types of massage. Some forms of massage, such as Swedish massage and hot stone massage, are focused on relieving stress by inducing a state of relaxation. Other forms are more therapeutic in nature, such as with deep tissue massage.

Some of the benefits of massage include stimulating circulation, releasing muscle tension, and even improved sleep. A word of caution: massage may not be appropriate if you have a bleeding disorder, a burn or wound that hasn't yet fully healed, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), an infection, a broken bone, osteoporosis, low platelets, or other serious medical condition.

Always seek guidance from your primary care provider if you have questions about your condition.

5. Create a New Music Playlist

Music can be calming, energizing, and motivational. Review your music collection and update your playlists for each of your different activities, such as workouts at the gym, walks in nature, or the ride home after work.

6. Designate a Digital Detox Day

Digital devices make life easier in many ways, but they are also a big source of stress. By giving yourself a break from the distractions of digital devices periodically, you give your body a chance to recover. Schedule a social media-free day by turning off social media notifications, delaying responses to non-urgent texts, and resisting the urge to scroll news feeds.

Turning off your phone and tuning in to real-life connections also goes a long way to building and nurturing healthy relationships. 

7. Download a New Fitness App

Are you bored with your workouts? Download a new fitness app for a boost of motivation and accountability. Here are some popular ones: 

  • Fitbit
  • C25k
  • Freeletics
  • Map My Run
  • Strava
  • Fitness Buddy
  • MyFitnessPal

8. Revive Old Recipes

Need some ideas for family meals? Revive some of your tried-and-true favorite recipes and weave them into your menu rotation. This may involve calling family members to get secret recipes or dusting off some of the old recipes in your recipe box.

9. Plan a Trip

With just 5 months left in the year, make sure you've nailed down dates to use your vacation time, especially if it doesn't roll over into the next year. Whether it's a weekend getaway, a staycation, or a travel destination from your bucket list, take time to recharge and make some memories.

10. Schedule a Doctor's Appointment

If you haven't yet scheduled your annual labs and preventive visits, get those appointment on your calendar now. Physician calendars get booked up toward the end of year. And don't forget to use up what's in left in your FSA if it doesn't carry over into the next year.

Which August Self-Care Activities Will You Explore?

Take a moment to review the goals you the month and map out the August self-care activities that support your greatest needs.

Which self-care activities will you explore this month? Share in the comments below.

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