Self-Care Tips

Find self-care practices that work best for you to reduce your stress and support your personal growth. Here are some ideas to get you started!

coffee and notebooks on a wooden surface

Mental/Emotional

crate of fruits and vegetables

Physical

hands making a heart shape

Social

open paint buckets and a paintbrush

Intellectual

colorful silk cloths

Multicultural

hands typing on a laptop

Occupational

trees in a forest

Environmental

origami crane

Spiritual


coffee and notebooks on a wooden surface

Mental and Emotional

  • Write in a journal
  • Enjoy music— try something upbeat
  • Take a break from your phone
  • Do activities that make you laugh, like watching a funny video
  • Take a time out with soothing tea
  • Declutter your living space
  • Allow yourself to cry
  • Take a deep breath— do breathing exercises
  • Boost your mood with aromatherapy
  • Practice mindfulness and be present
  • Recognize and acknowledge your thoughts and emotions
  • Consider seeing a mental health professional

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crate of fruits and vegetables

Physical

  • Eat throughout the day to fuel you body
  • Eat your veggies! Add a fruit or vegetable to each of your meals
  • Be active— find an activity you enjoy
  • Avoid getting sick: wash your hands and get regular check-ups
  • Listen to your body, get medical care when you feel something isn’t right
  • Take time to heal when you’re sick
  • Dance or just move your body
  • Treat yourself to a massage
  • Get enough sleep. If you are feeling tired, take a nap or make sure to go to sleep early
  • Avoid excessive use of substances that can harm your body
  • Embrace your unique body

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hands making a heart shape

Social

  • Hang out with people you enjoy spending time with
  • Stay in contact with important people in your life
  • Show gratitude for others
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Take time to be sexual with yourself, or a partner
  • If you need “me time,” set limits with your friends and loved ones

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open paint buckets and a paintbrush

Intellectual

  • Engage in something creative
  • Research something unfamiliar
  • Read a book or listen to a podcast that is unrelated to school or work
  • Go to an art museum, history exhibit, sports event, or theatre performance

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colorful silk cloths

Multicultural

  • Find out more about the cultures you identify with
  • Ask questions to learn more about a friend’s culture

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hands typing on a laptop

Occupational

  • Strive for balance among school, work, family, relationships, play, and rest
  • Set personal goals for growth
  • Make quiet time to complete tasks
  • Say no to extra responsibilities
  • Spend time reviewing your finances and budget

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pathway in a forest

Environmental

  • Spend time outdoors
  • Soak up the sun (and wear SPF!)
  • Start your own garden, even if it’s a rock garden
  • Walk, hike, bike, run, or do yoga in nature

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three origami cranes

Spiritual

  • Make time for reflection or meditation
  • Find spiritual connection or community
  • Identify what is meaningful to you and notice its place in your life

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