Self-care comes up a lot when we talk about maintaining our mental health. If you’re wondering about ways to practice self-care, here are three things to try:
Keep up with your health and hygiene: We may not think about our small, everyday tasks as self-care, but when we’re stressed or depressed, things like eating a balanced meal or taking a shower can fall to the wayside. Make sure to keep up with these activities, especially during tough times.
Do things you enjoy: This tip is simple but not always easy to practice. It can be hard to prioritize the things we enjoy, especially if they feel extraneous compared to other responsibilities. Schedule your self-care. It is just as much a priority as anything else!
Indulge: It’s worth going the extra mile with self-care every once in a while. Use your time and money to indulge in something that makes you feel good, like getting a massage or paying someone to clean your space. Think about it as an investment in yourself.
Bethany Kriegel, LMHC, earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. She has experience working with adults in residential treatment settings, helping those struggling with eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among other issues.
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