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  • Writer's pictureCathy Hertler

Your Guide to August

Book Lover’s Day

Being a bookworm has a lot of benefits, like better focus, less stress, and a bigger vocabulary. Trade your screen time for a page-turner today!

Vinyl Record Day

Vinyl is making a big comeback these days. Maybe it’s nostalgia, or maybe it really does sound better than digital. Dust off the record player and decide for yourself.

Financial Awareness Day

Are your current money moves setting you up for future success? Re-evaluate your financial goals and make sure you’re on track to meet them.

National Relaxation Day

Ignore your to-do list today and kick up your feet. Here’s another chance to get lost in your new favorite book, or spin your latest vinyl record find!

National Dog Day

Celebrate (hu)man’s best furry friends and the joy they bring to our lives! Show your pup some love today with an extra treat, belly rub, or walk to the park.

Women’s Equality Day

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and honors the historic victory of the suffragette movement.

With summer winding down and the new school season just around the corner, August offers the perfect reprieve to check in on yourself and your well-being. Take a little “me time” this month to ensure you’re staying healthy and happy.

Get Plenty of Sleep.

You’ve heard this a gazillion times, but how often are you guilty of sacrificing sleep for something less important? (We’re looking at you, Netflix, and you, too, mindless Facebook scrolling.) Chronic lack of sleep leads to all sorts of health issues, such as mood disorders, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, so make snoozing a top priority. Schedule a nightly routine that you can follow, such as turning off the TV and phone an hour before bed. Read a book, write in your journal, or meditate to calm your mind instead. Avoid eating or drinking close to bedtime, and use room-darkening curtains to create a restful environment and minimize distractions.

Stress less.

Stress can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health if left unchecked. While there’s no magic switch to turn off stress, there are things you can do to manage it better. Setting goals and creating daily or weekly to-do lists can give you a better sense of control over your responsibilities and help you feel less overwhelmed by them. Also, limit your time on social media. You may think checking your IG for the 37th time today gives you a mental break, but the constant overstimulation, access to information, and added social pressures can do more harm than good. Be sure to move often, preferably outside if you can. Sunshine, fresh air, and exposure to green spaces offer psychological benefits that help reduce stress. Remember to eat well, and get support from friends and family when you need it.

Make time for what matters.

Practicing self-care is about more than bubble baths and breakfast smoothies. Taking good care of yourself means prioritizing the things in your life that are important to you so that you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Perhaps that’s spending more quality time with the kids, finally re-decorating your home office, or maintaining an active social life. But remember to take time out for just you, too. Allowing yourself to recharge helps avoid burnout and enables you to continue to care for others, whether that’s your family, your home, your work, or all three. Make time for the things that make you happy, and remember that sometimes, it’s ok to do nothing.

The information in this article is not intended to replace the care and advice of your doctor.

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