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What is Self-Care?

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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.

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