Self-Care Day: How Do You Practice Self-Care?


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Self-care can really take a beating in the summer months when everything seems to be go, go, go. Some days it’s hard to carve out a few minutes of the day for myself to drink my coffee in peace and others like this morning I have a house where everyone is sleeping in and I can get some work done.

With month eight (where has the time gone) of 2017 about to start I can’t wait to refocus my efforts into making sure I meet my goals for 2017. 

Self-Care Day: How do you practice self-care?      

Sunday, July 24th is International Self-Care Day; self-care is about doing things for yourself to maintain your overall health and well-being. It’s been a hectic year, so use this day as a chance to reflect on your mind and body to make the rest of 2017 as healthy and successful as possible.

  • Reflect on your goals
    • For many of us, we set resolutions in January, and while some of them last, they can often fall by the wayside come summer. A trick I like to use is writing goals in a journal weekly to remind myself of my bigger year-long resolutions, so I’m reminded what I’m doing to achieve them on an ongoing basis… and whenever discouraged, don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends for help in achieving them!self-care
    • I also have a big chalkboard on my kitchen wall that I look at throughout the day. I put my BIG goals there and it is a constant reminder to BE A BAWSE.
  • Reflect on your health
    • With summer well underway, it’s important to reflect on your self-care routine for your body. Now might be the time to make sure you are scheduling all your regular screenings with your doctor, including screening for skin cancer. Self-care routines are important year-round and it is crucial to wear sunscreen and follow other sun protection measures, like wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, a hat and sunglasses, to protect your skin from cancer-causing UV rays. When used as directed with other sun protection measures, Coppertone® ClearlySheer® SPF 50 Body Lotion and ClearlySheer® SPF 50 Face Lotion help protect your skin from invisible ultraviolet rays; even better they’re light and breathable, go on leaving a matte finish, and don’t close your pores! It’s important to wear your sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy because UV rays can still penetrate clouds! On the other hand, when the sun is out, you are getting the full impact of UVA/UVB rays!self-care
    • Get outside. The weather this year has been a bit crazy with heat wave highs and torrential downpours but we have finally got a new bike trailer from Everyday Bicycles so we explore our city. You may prefer to job or hike but now is a great time to get out and explore.
  • Reflect on your sleep schedule
    • Stress can cause all sorts of bad things, including a lack of sleep. To help clear your mind ahead of your bedtime, I suggest turning off all electronics at least an hour before you go to bed, and instead focus on some bedtime reading! But if you find that your eyes are feeling a bit dry and sore, try out hydraSense® Eye Drops as a convenient lubricating solution with no preservatives to help relieve your symptoms.self-care
    • We have totally been taking advantage of our laxxer schedule by sleeping in, taking naps as needed and generally trying to get as much shuteye as possible before the hustle and bustle of back to school starts back up.self-care
  • Reflect on your nutrition
    • Lastly, a big part of self-care comes from nutrition. Up to 60 per cent of Canadians fall short in getting important nutrients from food alone. To complement your diet, try One A Day® Gummies for daily nutritional support that has overall health needs in mind, like bone health*.self-care
    • Take full advantage of all the fresh farmer markets happening around your community. If you have thought ahead and planted a garden this year you may be able to harvest some goodies now. We have raspberries in our front garden that are a real treat whenever we get out of the car.  self-care

*Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth.

What other things will you be reflecting on today?



This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Darrah Bailey
    August 2, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Self care is so important! I make sure to eat as balanced as I can , as well as taking the proper vitamins and drinking plenty of water!

  2. sarah
    August 2, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Self care is so very important for everyone. As a mom I try to carve out a bit of time to do at least one thing for myself during the day. These are some good tips!

  3. August 3, 2017 / 1:01 am

    Thank you for the great tips on self care and I found itwas good a refressher course brecause it’s so easy to get too busy and forget that we a re important.

  4. Amina Absar Zafar
    August 3, 2017 / 8:25 am

    thanks for great tips. as a mom self care is really very important

  5. Julie
    August 3, 2017 / 11:23 am

    Self care is so important, I am making a concerted effort to treat myself better, thanks for the post!

  6. Teresa Y.
    August 3, 2017 / 11:27 am

    This is a good reminder that some days, it’s okay to slow down and not rush off to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing after that.

    I will say the one thing that gets us off track here, is later summer nights. It creates havoc on the sleep routine. If you can try and stick close to your usual bedtimes, you will be forever grateful. Nothing good comes out of staying up late in this household.

  7. Diana Zacharias
    August 4, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I really am working harder on my self care and realizing how important it is. I love gardening and growing my own produce so I am taking advantage of eating my fresh homegrown!

  8. Dale Steele Nicolov
    August 5, 2017 / 6:11 am

    I need to drink more water and less sweets and make time to exercise.

  9. Janice Cournoyer
    August 5, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Lots of great tips. You always have to remember that you cannot take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

  10. Mimilou
    August 5, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I can get all the helpful self-care tips, as I am a senior and need all the help I can get. Thanks.

  11. Florence Cochrane
    August 6, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I do eat healthy food and take my vitamins but I need to cut out the eating in the night time. Great tips.

  12. AD
    August 6, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I started drinking two liters of water a couple months ago and its been amazing; every week I have started implementing a new, small self-care item into my daily schedule from taking 10 minutes to enjoy my morning tea to reading for 30 minutes each night. This week’s self care item is to go out with a friend or girlfriends once a month.

  13. Jonnie
    August 6, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I’ve been reflecting a lot on nutrition lately. We have really become reliant on the warm weather sugary treats like ice cream and popsicles lately as well as getting take-out when it’s too hot to cook. I have to make some changes and better prepare for eating in the heat.

  14. Cheryl H
    August 6, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I try to have me time every day even if it’s watching a show alone or cooking alone

  15. erin n
    August 6, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    i take time to have a relaxing bath EVERY DAY!

  16. Elaine Buonsante
    August 6, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I particularly relate to your article on self-care. How easy it is to let things slide and neglect it.

  17. Carole D
    August 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Self care is very important to me. There is one take I totally dislike it’s tweezing!

  18. kathy downey
    August 8, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Self care is so important and no one can take care of it only you!

  19. Darren Scrubb
    August 8, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Great information I will keep and share with people often.

  20. Darren Scrubb
    August 8, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I truly know the importance self-care is for people to live longer on this planet.

  21. August 8, 2017 / 11:27 am

    So important! As a mom, it’s too easy to care for everyone else… but put yourself on the back burner.

  22. Kevin B
    August 9, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Good reminders — thanks.

  23. Shirley
    August 9, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I take a daily vitamin get some exercise and drink water. Thanks for the tips.

  24. Janet M
    August 9, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I do try to get enough sleep, drink water and practice yoga to keep me centered.

  25. kristen visser
    August 10, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I LOVE this post!! so important to remember to care for yourself in every way possible, Im guilty for not doing it enough. I definitely need to reflect more on my goals, make new ones and work on achieving them

  26. Anna Roszak-Robinson
    August 10, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I need to take better care of myself, I just had my casts removed, 2 broken arms (6 bones total broken) so I haven’t been able to do much for myself. Needs to change. Thanks for the great info <3

  27. Alicia Boisvert
    August 10, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    I really enjoyed the reflecting on my sleep and self care tips even though some times we know them we need to see it again to remind us. Thank you

  28. Kristi
    August 10, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    I just found out the HydraSense made eye drops, I want to try them!

  29. Lara M
    August 11, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Making time for reading helps keep me happy. Audio books too.

  30. Debbie White Beattie
    August 12, 2017 / 4:07 am

    This is a great idea because we all need time for ourselves whether to reboot, rebound, recharge or all of the above and your tips are great

  31. Leslie Crosbie
    August 12, 2017 / 6:40 am

    It took me a long time to figure out that I am no good to anyone else if I don’t take care of myself!

  32. Alicia Boisvert
    August 12, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I’m going to keep coming back to this everybody day to remind myself every day about self care, ☺️

  33. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    August 14, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Now that my kids have all left home and I’m retired I have plenty of time for self-care. I take supplements, lots of vitamins for this that and the other – I’ll rattle soon 🙂

  34. Tammi L.
    August 15, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    This was a good reminder for me… honestly I don’t really take very good care of myself at all – hardly sleep, eat junk, not a water fan and get no exercise. Then I wonder why I feel like crap all the time, lol. Time to wake up and reduce the coffee!

  35. Sarah Jackson
    August 16, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    This is a great post ! we have to focus on ourselves ! us moms have to be in top shape to take the best care of our families !

  36. Kristy
    August 18, 2017 / 7:08 am

    While it can be hard to find the time for self-care when you’re chasing 3 kids 5 and under around, it’s really important! Even if it’s something as simple as taking a multi-vitamin. 🙂

  37. August 18, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    These tips are so important to remember.I am caregiver to others less fortunate than me but I must remember to take care of myself or they will not have my help. 🙂

  38. Kevin B
    August 19, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Sleep is very important. I got a great sleep last night and I feel fantastic today

  39. Alicia Boisvert
    August 20, 2017 / 6:15 am

    I needed to come back to this today my health declined so looking at the self care tips and the sleep schedule was needed.

  40. Alicia Boisvert
    August 22, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Reflecting on my goals and health is a big one since over this weekend my health declined worse. This list is great to look over several times a week.

  41. erin n
    August 24, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    self-care for me is simply alone time! i need time to regroup and recharge my mind, daily. thank you for this post!!

  42. Calvin F.
    August 27, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Really helpful. I often skip self care even when I need it. So will remind me

  43. Donna L.
    August 29, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Thanks for the good advice. It’s important to take time to look after yourself.

  44. erin n
    August 29, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Self-Care is SO important! It can be the littlest thing, like washing my face, or something bigger like a shopping trip. I try to practice self-care daily, even multiple times a day! Thank you for this article!

  45. kathy downey
    August 30, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    After reading this Reflect on your sleep schedule,and turning off the electronics an hour before bed and reading instead is so much more relaxing and easier to get to sleep!

  46. Judy Cowan
    September 23, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Self Care is important and I have to admit that I really don’t do enough of it. Guess I need to try to improve on that.

  47. Tannis W
    January 8, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to take time for myself. I try to get out to a yoga class once a week, but really could use a little more “chill” time.

  48. kathy downey
    May 15, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Self care is so important,thanks for the reminders!

  49. JoKing
    May 5, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    Self care is so important and as women we tend to put everyone before us. It’s alright to be a little selfish and have “me time”

  50. Cynthia B
    December 5, 2020 / 10:21 am

    Cooking healthy and comforting meals is part of how I self-care.