7 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Practicing self-care and prioritizing “me time” is a great way to reduce stress, prevent burnout, and support physical and mental well-being. Not sure where to start? Here are seven ways to practice self-care.

Caregiver stress and burden

Practicing self-care and prioritizing “me time” is a great way to reduce stress, prevent burnout, and support physical and mental well-being. Not sure where to start? Here are seven ways to practice self-care.

 

Enjoy a hobby

Even if it’s just for a few minutes per day, spend time doing something you enjoy. This is different for everyone, but some ideas include reading a book, doing crafts, playing sports, or spending time with friends.

 

Get exercise

Regular exercise can help your physical and mental health. This doesn’t have to mean intense workouts; go for a walk, practice yoga or stretching, dance to your favorite song, find a workout class - just something to get your body moving.

 

Prioritize sleep

Getting enough sleep every night helps you stay healthy. Try to establish a sleep routine and avoid blue light from devices like your phone or computer right before bed.

 

Stay connected

Make time to talk with friends and family, whether it’s in-person, over the phone, or via video chat. Staying in contact with people you care about can help you feel less isolated. Talking to a professional about how you’re feeling or joining a support group may also help.

 

Eat healthy

The food you eat affects how you feel physically and mentally. Aim for balanced meals and drink plenty of water to help you feel energized and focused throughout the day.

 

Ask for help

You are not alone. When you feel overwhelmed, ask for help. This may look like asking for assistance with home chores, caregiving, running errands, or simply asking someone to lend a listening ear. When other people offer help, know it’s ok to accept.

 

Practice gratitude

Take time to remember what you’re thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive things and feel encouraged.

 

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/caregiver-stress/art-20044784

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health

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