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Prioritize Self Care for Better Mental Health

2023-05-05

Self-care has been defined as "a multidimensional, multifaceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being."

It means a conscious act people take in order to promote their own physical, mental, and emotional health by being mindful of their needs.

Mental health is more than the absence of a mental illness—and self care is the first step towards optimizing mental health. 

Self care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact.

Self-care looks different for everyone, and it is important to find what you need and enjoy. It may take trial and error to discover what works best for you. 

In addition, although self-care is not a cure for mental illnesses, understanding what causes or triggers your mild symptoms and what coping techniques work for you can help manage your mental health.

Why is self care important?

- Vital for building resilience towards stressors in life
- Strengthen your interpersonal relationships
- Boost your physical and emotional health
- Reduces burnout

Types of Self-care

1. Physical Self-Care: 
-Adequate sleep
-Daily exercise
-Healthy diet

2. Emotional Self-Care: 
-Acknowledge, process and express difficult emotions,
-Develop confiding relationships
-Self compassion and acceptance
-Incorporating activities into your routine that mentally stimulate and recharge you

3. Social Self-care: 
-Invest time and energy to maintain close relationships
-Cultivate feelings of love, appreciation and gratitude towards your loved ones
-Devlop solid social support system
-Curate your social media according to your needs

4. Spiritual Self-care: 
-Spirituality doesn't necessarily involve religion
-Practice meditation
-Self-reflection
-Caring for welfare of others

Develop your self-care plan

1. Asess your needs
2. Consider your stressors
3. Devise self care strategies that suit your needs and stressors
4. Plan for challenges
5. Makes self care a priority