You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Self-Care for the Music Therapy Intern

Self-care is important. Self-care is easier said than done. Self-care is prioritizing your own needs even when life’s daily demands deem them inconvenient. Self-care looks different for everyone, as everyone has different needs, strengths, and motivations. However, the following are a few resources and habits I’ve found to be helpful in my own process of prioritizing self-care. Here’s hoping these provide some insight and guidance in developing your own self-care routine and quicken the path towards finding ~inner peace~

Inner Peace

  1.     Hydrate or die-drate! 

I’m not kidding, just ask the people at mayo clinic! “Lack of water can lead to dehydration — a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.” Follow this link to find out how much water consumption is best for your body type.

   2.     Get Enough Sleep

Namast'ay in bed

I’ll be the first to admit, this one is impossibly difficult for me. I’ve never been a good sleeper; I can’t sleep when I need to and I want to sleep when I can’t. That being said, I’ve recently found meditation to be an effective tool in getting my body and mind to agree on a reasonable bedtime. There are amazing apps out there that are completely free! Some of my favorite are Breethe and Insight Timer.

   3.     Take a SMART Break

BIGOur brains are the hardest working parts of our bodies, and sometimes they just need a break! Tasks that require sustained attention and utilize our prefrontal cortex (or The Notorious P.F.C. as I like to call it) can be especially exhausting. However, going straight for our phones when we feel exhausted or overwhelmed might not help the situation as much as we’d hope it would. Check out this study by Dr. Gazzaley and Dr. Rosen explaining other ways to work healthy breaks into our daily routine. Go outside, paint a picture, hit the gym, or find something to laugh about to give yourself a smart break that will set you up for more productivity.

Happy self-caring!

Maggie

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