TIps for Practicing Self-Care

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is more than an occasional treat, but a way of living each day that incorporates practices and behaviors that help you feel refreshed, re-energized, and rested. Self-care helps you deal with the daily stresses in your

life—from academic & workplace pressures, to interpersonal relationships, to future plans, and others. Everyone deals with stress differently, and everyone's preference for practicing self-care is different as well.


Why is Self-Care Important?

There are many reasons that self-care is important. Research shows that self-care helps to keep you healthy, helps you recharge and helps to improve your overall well-being.


How Can I Practice Self-Care?

There are lots of ways to practice self-care. What works for you may not work for someone else. The important thing is to make self-care a priority in your schedule. 


Here Are Some Ideas For Practicing Self-Care

 Talk to yourself the way you would talk to someone you care about; replace self-critical thoughts with compassionate thoughts.

Practicing Self-Compassion

Writing can help you process your feelings, ignite creativity centers in the brain, and help you be in the present moment. Take a few minutes each day to journal.


Carve out time for your passions and hobbies, whether that's hiking, crafting, dancing, reading for fun, etc. 

Do What You Love

Gratitude can have powerful effects on your mood. Write down 3 things you're grateful for everyday. 

Practicing Gratitude

Being in the present moment can help to reduce stress. Practice mindfulness by noticing your five senses; what do you see, hear, taste, feel, and smell right now?

Practicing Mindfulness

Research shows that downtime replenishes the brain's stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity


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