Self-care means taking time to do things you enjoy. Usually, self-care involves
everyday activities that you find relaxing, fun, or energizing. These activities could be as
simple as reading a book, or as big as taking a vacation.

Self-care also means taking care of yourself. This means eating regular meals, getting
enough sleep, caring for personal hygiene, and anything else that maintains good health.

Make self-care a priority. There will always be other things to do, but don’t let these
interrupt the time you set aside for self-care. Self-care should be given the same
importance as other responsibilities.

Set specific self-care goals. It’s difficult to follow through with vague goals, such as “I
will take more time for self-care”. Instead, try something specific, such as “I will walk for
30 minutes every evening after dinner”.

Make self-care a habit. Just like eating one apple doesn’t eliminate health problems,
using self-care just once won’t have much effect on reducing stress. Choose activities that
you can do often, and that you will stick with.

Set boundaries to protect your self-care. You don’t need a major obligation to say “no”
to others— your self-care is reason enough. Remind yourself that your needs are as
important as anyone else’s.

A few minutes of self-care is better than no self-care. Set an alarm reminding you to
take regular breaks, even if it’s just a walk around the block, or an uninterrupted snack.
Oftentimes, stepping away will energize you to work more efficiently when you return.

Unhealthy activities don’t count as self-care. Substance use, over-eating, and other
unhealthy behaviors might hide uncomfortable emotions temporarily, but they cause more
problems in the long run.

Keep up with self-care, even when you’re feeling good. Doing so will keep you in a
healthy routine. Plus, self-care might be part of the reason why you’re feeling good!