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How to take better care of yourself

In the past year “Self-Care” has been a buzzword for people who have stress and anxiety from pandemic-related issues. Self-care describes a conscious act one takes in order to promote their own physical, mental, and emotional health. Unfortunately, however, many people view self-care as a luxury, rather than a priority – especially among people with busy schedules who may feel guilty taking extra time for themselves. Consequently, they’re left feeling overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life’s inevitable challenges.

Self-care comes in many forms and is much easier to practice than many people may think such as getting enough sleep at night or even just stepping outside for a few minutes for some fresh air. Continue reading for helpful tips on how you can best practice self-care in a way that will benefit your overall wellbeing.

What it means to practice self-care:

 What self-care does not include:
  • Taking a break and doing something nice for yourself that can be helpful for your mind and body.
  • Withdrawing and disengaging from the world around you. You need to care for yourself and also be present for others. Social connectedness is an important part of caring for yourself. You need to nurture those social connections too. Self-care should never be harmful to other people.
  • Doing something that brings you joy and relief.
  • Self-care is not doing and eating whatever you want when those things are detrimental to your health. It is not a selfie-taking, social-media-worthy event if you begin to worry about how your self-care looks to others.
  • Accepting your life and accepting the way that you are is an important first step to making self-care work for you. If you find that part difficult, then you may have other work to do before traditional self-care practices make sense. Give yourself time to figure it out.
  • Creating more anxiety for yourself. When your self-care routine becomes something that you feel like you should do as opposed to something that you want to do, then you are not accomplishing what you set out to do. You just added to your to-do list instead!

15 Examples of Self-Care Practices

  1. Getting an adequate amount of sleep every night.
  2. Move your body and exercise daily to boost your mood and reduce stress.
  3. Learn to say no.
  4. Take a weekend away which can help you disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated.
  5. Spend more time outside to increase your happiness and sleep better.
  6. Get organized – for example, using a planner can help declutter your mind and reduce stress.
  7. Cook for yourself more often.
  8. Read a book. (self-care books can be extremely helpful)
  9. Listen to your favorite music to reduce heightened emotions like anger or stress.
  10. Meditate for 5 minutes.
  11. Take a relaxing bath or do a facemask.
  12. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for.
  13. Be mindful of what you are eating and choose healthy food to nourish your body and mind.
  14. Dance to your favorite song.
  15. Reach out to a friend or family member.









Self-care can be very individual. What works for one person may not work for another. That 20-minute stroll in nature that quiets your mind may be anxiety-producing for others. Practice and experiment to find what works for you. You can also read about self-care strategies, join self-care programs, work with a coach or therapist who can help support your progress, or try out this 30-day Self-Care Challenge. No matter which approach you choose, the goal is to figure out which self-care strategies work best for you, learn how to use these strategies, and implement them in your regular routine so you can boost your well-being not only today but forever.


Be healthy, be well and be good to yourself.