What is self care?
Self care sounds easy enough, but it is a bit more complex than you might think. Self care isn’t just making sure you brush your teeth before bed, it consists of finding balance in your life and finding ways to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional health. Self care can affect our moods, relationships, and overall functioning. Self care is not only for people struggling with mental illness. Everyone has mental health, so self care is for everyone.
How can I practice self care?
Self care really does not have any rules. Self care is whatever helps you regain energy in an enjoyable way. Here is a list of activities that are often used as self care, but keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive: self care is personal – it is what you need it to be.
- Practice relaxation or meditation
- Get exercise in a way that you enjoy
- Invest Time into your Mental Health
- Spend time with loved ones
- Make time to read your favorite book
- Go for a short walk
- Have a spa night in
- Cook a healthy meal
- Play with your pets or visit a humane society
- Draw, color, or paint
How can self care impact my relationships?
Self care can help us regain energy that we can then use to spend quality time with others. When we haven’t considered our own needs, it can be very difficult to consider the needs of others.
How can self care impact my self esteem?
Self care encourages you to be your best self – it helps you make decisions that are healthier for your body and has a positive impact on your mindset as a whole.
How can therapy help me with self care?
Struggles with self care can lead to poor mental health. If you are having trouble knowing how to engage in self care, a therapy appointment can help you understand what self-care needs you are not meeting. Additionally, caring for yourself makes it easier to care for others, as it energizes you and can help you set boundaries for yourself in relationships. Seeing a therapist can give you the tools you need to optimize your self care and make sure you are functioning the best that you can.
I’m having trouble with a relationship: what can I do?
Relationships are an important part of our lives, from romantic relationships, to family relationships, to parent-child relationships. If a relationship in your life is giving you stress and you feel lost in what to do, our clinicians can help. Click the following links to read more about different relationships and the services we offer here at CARE.
If you’re having trouble with past trauma affecting your everyday life or your current relationship, click here to read about what you can do.
Intimacy can play a big role in romantic relationships. If you or your partner is struggling with intimacy or sex, click here to read more and get help.
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