By: Karen R. Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – Self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself so you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. It is a common misconception that self-care is the same as being selfish, but it is not. Maintaining good self-care is actually positive and healthy for you.
Common examples of self-care include: maintaining a regular sleeping routine, eating healthy, spending time in nature, doing a hobby you enjoy, and spending time with family. Self-care can look different for everyone, but to count as self-care, the behavior should promote health and happiness for you. Self-care isn’t a one size, fits all strategy. Your self-care plan will need to be customized to your needs and what is currently going on in your life. A good self-care plan will include taking care of your physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Physical self-care includes taking care of your physical health.
- Making sure you are getting adequate sleep
- Nurturing your body with healthy foods and good nutrition
- Managing and taking care of your health care needs
- Getting enough physical activity or exercise
Social self-care is taking the time to connect with others.
- Spending time with family and friends
- Attending church or community-based activities
- Being involved in a support group or social club
Emotional self-care involves taking the time you need to do things that help you relax and recharge. It may include:
- Reading a good book
- Taking a long walk outside in nature
- Meditating or Yoga
- Listening to Music
- Taking time for a hobby or activity you enjoy
An effective self-care plan should be tailored to your life and your needs. It needs to be something created by you, for you. It helps you maintain work-life balance. If you are experiencing stress at work or home, an EAC counselor can help you develop a self-care plan.
Contact EAC for more information.