What is self-care? The term self-care is very popular today and has a broad and somewhat vague definition. In short, self-care is just about anything you do to be good to yourself. Self-care looks different for everyone. Self-care for some includes taking a mental health day off from work and going to the spa. For others, self-care is relaxing in a tub enjoying the soothing sounds of Anita Baker. Anything you do that allows you to focus on your well-being qualifies as self-care.

For me self-care is traveling. No, for the record, I do not find comfort in waiting in long TSA lines or being cramped next to two other people while the kid behind me kicks my seat for hours. I’m talking about the adventure of discovering new places. Immersing myself in a new culture, learning the history and trying new delicacies is a form of self-care for myself. Like many of you, I get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life. I’m a full-time employee, full time mother/care giver and whatever is left (usually not much), I practice self-care in the form of traveling to new places.

Research fun facts about your county or state and set time aside to go (did you know that New Jersey has over 12 waterfalls?).

As we enter 2019 and begin to create new year resolutions, I encourage you to add exploration to the top of the list. I’m not asking you to leave your job and backpack Europe for a year (unless you want to and if so…. Go for it!), I’m suggesting you be open to the idea of visiting new places. Exploration does not require a lot of money. Start small. Day trips are great ways to see new places and not spend a lot of money. Research fun facts about your county or state and set time aside to go (did you know that New Jersey has over 12 waterfalls?).

This journey is more than just laying eyes on foreign land, it’s about opening your eyes to endless opportunities. Trust me, this journey is more about self-discovery than land discovery. You may discover as you focus on exploration as a form of self-care, you begin to feel better, physically and emotionally. Research indicates there are many benefits of self-care, including balanced moods, increased energy levels, better productivity and a stronger immune system. Taking care of yourself is a good thing. Practice it!

So as the new year begins, I challenge you to dig deep within yourself and fulfill any desires you have about exploring this huge beautiful world we live in.

Take care and safe travels.

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