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Prepare New Year with Self Care in Mind

Updated: Apr 6

It always feels great to start out the new year on a clean slate. We are giving out a few tips you can follow to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the upcoming Myanmar New Year.


Start your day on a positive note

Having a morning routine is great, but making sure you're starting your day on a positive note is important, too. Showing gratitude, whether it's towards yourself, someone else, or something else can improve your mental health and emotional well-being.

Instead of firing up your social media apps as soon as you wake up, take some time to give yourself a compliment or to acknowledge something or someone you're grateful for.


Stay present

Rather than thinking about what isn't even actually happening right now, focus on what is happening. Your coffee is hot. This new playlist sounds fun. Your dog looks extra fluffy today. This banana tastes perfectly ripened.

Whether it's a sound, smell, taste or sight, focusing on physical sensations you're experiencing can help quiet your busy mind and ground you in the present moment. Why not take your time for a short journal write-up, meditation, a walk near your home or start a hobby you have been planning to do.


Socialize


Social distancing and protective measures will remain important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but social distancing doesn't have to mean being socially isolated. From phone calls to video chat and other digital tools, there are plenty of ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones during the pandemic.

Socializing can mean opening up to someone about a problem or issue, but it can also mean just being kind to others more in general. Placing your trust in others, as well as receiving trust from others, can improve your emotional well-being and build self-worth. Being kind to people, regardless of whether you know them or not, boosts happiness and can build self-esteem.

Plus, socializing with another person can be a great way to learn new things, reminisce about happy times in the past or even just laugh — as well as serve as a second set of eyes to help find the silver lining in a stressful or frustrating situation.


Take sleep seriously

Most nights, it's probably pretty easy to choose that TV episode that's currently being queued up for you over getting some shut-eye. But that voice in the back of your mind saying, "It's time for bed," is almost always right.

Lack of sleep, as well as low-quality sleep, can have a big impact on how you feel the next day. It can make you more irritable, as well as reduce your ability to concentrate on the tasks at hand.


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