This year, we must take care of ourselves. It is hard to prioritize ourselves and our needs because there are always other people trying to get ahead or who need our help. This is easier said than done, but it is imperative to prioritize ourselves and our needs.

Self-care, or me-time, can be anything that makes us feel good. This might include things like taking a bubble bath, reading a book, taking a bike ride, a walk, or even making time to see friends. These are just some of the ways that we can take care of ourselves and give ourselves the attention that we need. We can all start implementing these, or any other activities that make us feel good, in our daily routines and habits, during this New Year, to improve our mental and physical health.

Once we start taking care of our needs and good mood, we will be able to focus more on our tasks and start getting things done faster and easier. This can also have a positive impact on how we interact with those around us. If we respect ourselves, we learn to respect everyone else around us, giving them space and time.

Self-care is not selfish. If there is something this pandemic has taught us, is that sometimes it’s ok to slow down and look at ourselves. There is no other option if we want to make it through, not only for the sake of our own well-being, but also for those around us.

Alexis Lontos Leonidou

Alexis Lontos Leonidou

Alexis Lontos Leonidou is a producer, composer, songwriter and singer. Having grown up in a family where arts in general played a significant role, it was inevitable for Alexis not to show great interest in music and arts from a very young age. Upon completing his high school education, he enrolled in the National Conservatory of Athens in Greece. He graduated in 2007 receiving a Diploma with Excellence in Harmony and Counterpoint, while also acquiring a Diploma with Excellence in Voice from the Music Horizon Conservatory of Athens. In addition, Alexis holds a Diploma from the London College of Music at Thames Valley in Music Theory and Literacy (LMusLCM). Subsequently, he moved to New York City to study as an undergraduate student at the renowned Mannes College for Music pursuing a degree in Classical Composition. At the same time, Alexis Leonidou also studied Orchestral Conducting at the evening division of the Juilliard School, under one of the most prominent 20th Century Conductors, Vincent La Selva. During his studies in New York City, Alexis was blessed enough to work and attend classes under important composers such as John Corigliano, Christopher Theofanides, Rudolph Palmer, David Loeb, Agrippino Bellino, Frederick Hand and many more.

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