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Self care tips with a local twist

Self-care, the “practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s self,” is by definition vague and subjective. And that’s nothing against the Oxford Living Dictionary. Dr. Lisa Butler, associate professor at the University at Buffalo, who recently published “Six domains of self-care: attending to the whole person,” assured me that self-care is a very individual pursuit.

“Above all, each of us needs to prioritize ourselves and our well-being,” said Butler. But it’s important that individuals “define for themselves what self-care means and how they implement their own personal practice.”

In the spirit of finding new ways to increase enjoyment and lower stress in your life in the new year, here are a few Buffalo-centric self-care options.

Explore a new exercise

There are several new fitness studios in Western New York for those looking to spice up their sweat sessions. Level Red Boxing on Main Street in Williamsville offers all-levels boxing classes, while Sweat Society on Hertel in North Buffalo combines the treadmill and hand weights. The continuing trend in boutique fitness studios—all with different areas of focus—ensure locals can’t give “I’m bored” as an excuse to avoid exercise anymore.

**Related read: How to not quit the gym

Order in dinner

Give yourself a night off: services like Grubhub, Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats offer delivery from many local restaurants including Don Tequila, Taste of Siam and Osteria 166, to name a few.

Try a different route to your destination

If time permits, take side streets to work instead of the highway. The change of scenery will give your brain a break from the daily grind and allow you to find beauty in new places.

Go cloud watching

Maybe save this for when the weather breaks: Grab a blanket and head to Wilkeson Pointe, Tifft Nature Preserve or Riverside Park and watch the clouds cruise by.

Shop at a new grocery store

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Peruse the aisles and treat yourself to a few new items just because they caught your eye. Trader Joe’s on Niagara Falls Boulevard and Lexington Co-op (Elmwood and Hertel) are great for a splurge.

**Related read: Feeding convenience: New ways to grocery shop

Visit a local gem

There are several in our own backyard: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo History Museum, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens, among others. Pick a day and learn something new.

**Related read: 10 ways to embrace (or escape) Buffalo's winter

Buy fresh flowers

This is something simple that can brighten up any day and any room. From Mischler’s Florist to Maureen’s to Tops and Wegmans, there are plenty of options to explore in the Queen City.

More self-care ideas to round out your options:

  • Go to bed early
  • Get a massage
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Take a walk while listening to music
  • Start planning your next vacation
  • Play with Legos
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Garden
  • Try a new podcast
  • Get a pedicure!

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