Self-care can be many things. There’s no one right way to do it, and the value you feel from it depends on just one thing: you. Yes… you.
You are the critical ingredient in your self-care practice. What do you need to feel good? How can you pare down your schedule? What items can you remove from your life or release that no longer serve you?
These are some big questions. Despite its importance, self-care doesn’t need to — and actually shouldn’t — feel complicated. With all its light and warmth, summer is a perfect time to consider how to look after yourself. Self-care won’t just happen on its own. But with a gentle focus and tons of self-love, you can decide on the right plan and path for you.
Think of self-care as preventive health
An ounce of prevention is worth… you know the rest. The best time to stop a problem is before it starts. This is particularly true with many aspects of our health and wellbeing.
Some of us struggle with feelings that self-care is frivolous. You might even feel like you’re unworthy or don’t deserve to focus so specifically on your own needs.
Think of self-care as a gift to the future version of yourself. You deserve to set up your wellbeing for short- and long-term success. The preventive steps you start taking now will not only affect how you feel soon, they’ll help you avoid chronic health issues and unwanted diagnoses down the road.
You could win a $250 Lifemarket gift card to help refresh your summer
Health Programs are designed by experts and give you easy-to-follow daily activities, so you can focus on the health goals that matter most to you. Whether you’re looking to get back on track with a focus you’ve drifted from or dig even deeper into goals you’re already working on, there’s a perfect Health Program for you.
For every daily Health Program activity you complete, you’ll rack up League rewards points that you can use to treat yourself with top health and wellbeing products in Lifemarket.
We’re making Health Programs even more rewarding with our Self-Care Summer contest. For every five activities you complete between July 14 and August 18, you’ll get an entry to win a $250 Lifemarket gift card. Keep going and earn bonus entries for every five activities you complete, up to five entries max. Complete activities in any Health Program and you’ll automatically be entered.
Not sure where to begin? These five top programs will help you learn some popular self-care fundamentals.
The title of this one says it all. Learn how to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. By the end of this program, you’ll feel more empowered to carve out the time you need to care for yourself and have a clear plan for your unique self-care practice.
2. Social Media and Digital Health
When used mindfully, social media can be a good thing. But you know what they say about having too much of a good thing. For some, social media can cause mental health issues and feel almost addictive. This program will help you look at social media’s healthy and harmful potential. You’ll leave it with actionable suggestions on how you can make your social connections work for you.
Social Media and Digital Health
3. Fundamentals of Healthy Movement
We like to move it, move it. Committing to a more active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your health. This program covers the basics of the different types and benefits of physical activity and the movement recommendations for optimal health. You’ll learn tips and tricks along the way to incorporate small changes that will help you become more physically active.
Fundamentals of Healthy Movement
4. Healthy Sleep Habits
Sleep is vital for your health. Prioritizing healthy sleep habits is essential for getting high-quality sleep that helps you rest, repair, and feel refreshed for the day ahead. This program teaches you how to prepare your bedroom, body, and mind for sleep.
Healthy Sleep Habits
5. Build Your Santuary
Sanctuary is a place you can go to seek safety and relief from the pressures of daily life. It’s like having a part of your home devoted to self-care. No matter your living situation, learn how to create your own space dedicated to relaxation, wellness and purpose.