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
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
Shop at a new grocery store
**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
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
- Try a new podcast
- Get a pedicure!
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