b'SELF-CARE GUIDE|Taking care of yourself and your mental healthEven more important todayBy Kimmel SchaeferT aking your personal wellness into account is just as important now as it has ever been. Though lockdowns throughout the country are being lifted and the COVID vaccine is becoming more widespread, the current state of society still places a lot of extra pressure on each of us. There are plenty of things that you can do to lessen the burdens on yourself so that you can enjoy a higher quality of life and overall mental health.TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELFThough time and finances are always a factor, it is helpful to make sure that you consistently make space for time to decompress. It can be tempting to just keep working to put your stresses out of your mind, though inevitably this will come back around to bite you. Even if it is only a few short minutes every day after work, take the time to breathe and slow down for a short while; you will thank yourself in the long run.DONT NEGLECT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND DIETMyriad studies have shown a consistent correlation between physical and mental well-being. In the era of COVID it is just as important as it has ever been to make sure that you take care of your body with proper exercise. As an addendum to this, proper diet is also crucial. Many of us eat very poorly when stressed, which only adds to the feeling of mal-aise that we can experience from day to day.GET SOME SLEEPMany people find that they simply dont have enough time throughout the day. To compensate for this, some think it a good idea to neglect their sleep in the interest of having more time to accomplish whatever tasks they deem necessary. Just like proper diet and exercise, not get-ting enough restful sleep can and will creep up on you. DONT NEGLECT YOUR SUPPORT NETWORKMany of us have friends and family that can help to ease our burdens in trying times, even if it is only by listening to us vent about the day. Make sure to keep these people in mind, because they would most ISTOCKlikely be happy to help if you need it.14 SELF-CARE GUIDE |2021| www.elitecme.com'