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Practicing Self-Care

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Practicing self-care is consciously attending to one's own emotional, mental, and physiological well-being.

Remember that prioritizing your health is not a sign of selfishness but a necessary act. Putting your health first can make you more resilient to life's stresses and a stronger support system for those who count on you.


Consider the following when you design your strategy for self-care:



Learn to take pleasure in the act of caring for yourself. Create an inventory of what calms and refreshes you, be it a bubble bath, a stroll in the park, or a good book.

Make self-care a daily priority. Self-care, like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast, should be a daily requirement. Set aside time for self-care regularly, and prioritize it just like any other important commitment.


Aim for the stars, but remember to take baby steps. Get your feet wet with baby steps. Make attainable plans and reward yourself as you reach milestones.

Keep in mind that there is no cookie-cutter method for self-care. What helps one individual may not help another. Spend some time trying various self-care ways until you find the ones that resonate most with you.

If you're looking for some tools and resources, here they are:




The "Calm" app is a mindfulness tool with several guided meditations and bedtime stories.




Care for Yourself Initiative: Creating a Self-Care Routine: Practical Advice and Exercises is a book by Jayne Hardy.



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