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self care isn't selfishSelf-care is an important part of our everyday lives. Without it, our mental and physical health may start to decline.

There are various ways to engage in self-care. Taking an interest inventory can help narrow down what is best suited for your own personal self-care. What do you enjoy doing? Perhaps you are an athlete who enjoys running a mile every day. You may be an individual who enjoys sitting and reading a book while drinking a hot cup of tea.

The key is to schedule time for self-care every day.

You can engage in self-care for 10 minutes a day or 1 hour a day.

Doing something nice for yourself, such as getting your nails done or taking time to be in solitude are other ways to engage in self-care. Self-care involves being aware of your limits.

If you feel stressed or ill, it is important to become self-aware of your mental and physical health. Remember to not push yourself to the limit. Instead, take a break and relax. This is the best time to engage in self-care.

As a society, we are programmed to do as much work as we can in a day regardless of how we feel. Self-care is often looked at as a sign of weakness. We are socialized to push through the stress or the illness we may be facing in the moment to complete our duties.

If we do not take care of ourselves….

….we cannot take care of the individuals who matter most to us and depend on us. Sometimes using our imagination is all we need to engage in self-care.

Perhaps you are in the middle of a busy work day, but take a second to daydream and think of your own personal happy place. What does your happy place look like? Is it real or imaginary? If it is real, perhaps you could visit soon. Looking forward to something always helps to combat negative feelings.

Below you can find 50 ways to take a break and engage in self-care.

50 ways to take a break

 

Sofía, LPC-Intern, has extensive counseling experience in the areas of PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relational/familial issues, unpleasant childhood memories, and abuse.