What is Self-Care?

Are you too busy to care for yourself? It can seem like that at times. Self-care is being mindful and aware of your personal health – including physical and mental health – to avoid burnout.

“Self-care doesn’t have to be something you take hours out of your day to do, “said Tisha Bayless, supervisor of Memorial Behavioral Health. “It can be simple activities that are scattered throughout your day.”

Here are seven ways to practice self-care:

  1. Get enough sleep. Sleep is a vital part of wellness. Adults should get seven or more hours of sleep per night, and when you’re heading to bed, turn off all screens.
  2. Know yourself. Recognize your stresses and sensitivities. Knowing your triggers can help you to avoid or mitigate reactions.
  3. Set limits. Recognize when you are doing too much or more than you can handle, and find ways to reduce your workload or tasks.
  4. Take breaks. Take time to stand, go for a short walk, take your lunch and give your brain a break.
  5. Eat nutritious food. Skipping meals and skimping on healthy, nutritious foods can contribute to feeling unwell. Eat regularly, drink water and get adequate nutrition.
  6. Change your environment. If you have a situation or relationship that is causing you stress, it might be time to change your environment.
  7. Enjoy your life. You can take time to enjoy a hobby, reading, art, a social outing or other activity you enjoy. Make an effort to do something you enjoy every day.

“As self-care becomes a habit, a person can notice reduced stress and a sense of peace. If you’re facing stress that is impacting your day-to-day life, speaking with a counselor can help,” continued Bayless.

Need to talk?  

Memorial Behavioral Health has counselors who can help you with emotional wellness. Find the location nearest you.

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