Self-care means something different to everyone. What may be self-care for one, may be stressful for another.
Have a nourishing routine: create a life around yourself that benefits your mental health and the areas of your life that need support. Make little changes first!
Schedule time for self-care.
Know the Wellness Dimensions and what they mean to and for you.
Self-care means taking time to do things you enjoy. Usually, self-care involves everyday activities that you find relaxing, fun, or energizing. These activities could be as simple as reading a book, or as big as taking a vacation.
Make self-care a priority. There will always be other things to do, but don’t let these interrupt the time you set aside for self-care. Self-care should be given the same importance as other responsibilities.
Set boundaries to protect your self-care. You don’t need a major obligation to say “no” to others- you self-care is reason enough. Remind yourself that your needs are important as anyone else’s.
A few minutes of self-care is better than no self-care. Set an alarm reminding you to take regular breaks, even if it’s just a walk around the block, or an uninterrupted snack. Oftentimes, stepping away will energize you to work more efficiently when you return.
Keep up with self-care, even when you’re feeling good. Doing so will keep you in a healthy routine. Plus, self-care might be part of the reason why you’re feeling good.