By Lee-Ann Watanabe, Wellness Educator

Happy New Year! Well gang, we’ve made it through the holidays and are on a fast track in 2020! Did all of your wishes come true? Did you receive the Christmas gifts you were hoping for?

If you recall back about 10 years ago, self help was all the buzz. Self help books and gurus like Tony Robbins made their way across the globe. Is self care the new decade’s self-help?

Today, on Instagram, the pivot point of millennial life, there are about 2.2 million posts tagged #selfhelp, while there are around 22 million posts on for #selfcare. Self care IS today’s self help.

Call it a play on words. No matter how you express it, today’s self care advice expresses a softer, gentler approach instead of the restrictive, extremist, and labor intensive regimens of self help books’ past.

Here are our 3 tips to ensure you are taking care of YOU in 2020!

Self-Care Success #1: It Starts with YOU!

With today’s heavily social media influenced environment, you might think that adequate self care must be a post worthy cup of coffee portraying a beautifully crafted piece of art (thank you Barista!). Or that self care is sitting in a forest, with a waterfall in the back drop as you meditate (but don’t forget to press record on that video!). Before you go on a wild goose chase experiencing an “instagram notable” self care act, think to yourself: what needs do I want to meet here? What do I need most in my life right now?

When you can pinpoint exactly what it is you need right now and go straight to meeting that need, not only will this help you truly care for yourself on a very fundamental level, but it will make your self care more efficient. And you know what? These organic moments may not go viral in the internet universe; however and most importantly, it will do so in the real one!

Self-Care Success #2: Schedule Self Care

“I don’t have enough time” is one of the most common reasons I hear from people who are struggling to engage in self care on a regular basis. Find a gap in your calendar during the next week and schedule in an appointment called “self care time”. Then, most importantly, stick to it.

Self-Care Success #3: Commit to 10-seconds per day

Take care of your brain by challenging it—and, no, you don’t need a fancy app to do so. Instead, spend 10-seconds doing something that is fun and silly. Have a mini dance party in your bathroom; sit and take 10-seconds worth of deep belly breaths; sit down and spend 10 seconds doodling whatever comes when you put pen to paper.

WYAO Hawaii is designed to support companies in the shift from an ‘activity-based’ wellness program to a thriving, integrated results-oriented wellness system. We are grounded in a nationally recognized and research-based model to assist companies through a seven-step sequence toward Workplace Wellness Success.

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