Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day. Self-care is vital to our mental health, physical health, and helps to combat the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Coping with daily stressors can become an overwhelming task if we are not caring for ourselves. Self-care empowers us to become active participants in our own well-being and overall health.

Oftentimes, we feel inundated with the demands of others and responsibilities we bear. Our job, families, children, all depend on us in some way and we find ourselves last on the list to take care of. Really, we should be prioritizing ourselves so we can bring the best version of us to the table to meet the responsibilities head on. Self-care is not selfish. Making yourself a priority may feel like an overwhelming task all in itself. Self-care does not need to be an all-day event, it can be small tasks throughout our day that help us to continue moving forward and accomplishing what we set out to do.

It’s no secret that the past year has brought on many challenges for people; working from home, schooling children from home, and many other changes in between, it has becoming increasingly more essential to implement and utilize self-care to create balance, manage stress, and take charge of our mental and physical health. Self-care has many positive short-term and long-term impacts. Consider making the time and choosing what makes you happy, rejuvenated, relaxed, fulfilled, and at peace. Below are several ideas to get you started:

  • Practice self-kindness

  • Journaling

  • Start an exercise routine

  • Talk a walk

  • Get good sleep

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Read a book

  • Spend time with a friend

  • Schedule time for self-care