Self-care is an activity you do on purpose and with intention to take care of your body, mind, and/or spirit. Self-care is anything that makes you feel relaxed, happy, at peace, and helps you recharge so you can be fully present in your life. The roots of self-care date back to ancient times when people practiced these ideas without much thought, since they were easily accessible. Today, we have to work a little harder to establish some of these routines in our lives, which over time will lead to a happier, healthier you.

Self-care is exactly what it sounds like: care for you. Self-care isn't necessarily about taking bubble baths or meditating. It's about recognizing what's good for you and nurturing yourself in whatever way makes sense to you.

Key Things to Know About Self-Care

  • Self-care is not selfish. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Taking good care of yourself allows you to be more available for others when they need you.
  • Self-care can save you time by making you more efficient.
  • There are many ways to practice self-care: meditation, exercise, hobbies, socializing, reading, eating well, making sleep a priority, etc.

How Self-Care Relates to Mental Health Wellness

Some people feel that self-care has to be a large or expensive gesture when it can really be something simple you do each day to take care of or center yourself. Self-care doesn’t have to cost anything.

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