Self Care written by Rachel Falbo, LPC, LMFT-A

It seems like just yesterday school was getting out for the Summer! Each year, I feel that Summer vacation gets shorter and shorter. As we all know, the first few weeks back at school can be chaotic and stressful. Getting back into the swing of things can be a challenge. The self-care that we indulged in during the Summer, can seem like a distant dream. It doesn’t have to be! Below is a short list of self-care activities that you and/or your child can do, that doesn’t take up much of your day. Don’t be scared to SCHEDULE self-care into your weekly schedule. It is just as important as those other things on our to-do lists!

Talking with a friend
Lunch with a friend
Going for a walk
Watching your favorite TV show
Bubble bath
Deep breathing
Read a good book
Look at the stars
Anything that stimulates your senses:

Cook your favorite meal
Watch the sunset
Light your favorite scented candle
Cozy up under your favorite blanket
Listen to your favorite song

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”    -Audre Lorde