The Importance Of Self- Care

By Jill Gracely, UH Graduate School Social Work Intern
and Marianne Dublado, LMSW

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is a personal health maintenance technique and includes any activity that involves the intention of improving mental and physical health. Self-care enables individuals to be conscious about their health and empowers people to have a greater role in taking care of themselves. Generally stressed in counseling settings, self-care is essential for anyone in need of extra TLC.

Why is Self-Care Important?

Self-care can nourish your mind, body and spirit. While the main goal of self-care is taking better care of yourself, a much-needed break can also make you a better partner, caregiver, employee, co-worker and friend.

What can I do for Self-Care?

Self-care can be any activity that promotes relaxations or bring you joy. Healthy activities such as eating right and exercising are popular self-care activities that result in improved physical and mental health. Prayer, meditation, and spiritual worship can bring peace to a hectic day. Watching a movie, reading a book or magazine, and listening to music are simple activities that can be classified as self care.

How do I overcome Self-Care barriers?

A self-care plan is not without barriers and everyday can’t be a perfect day. Each of us leads a busy life and often we fail to make ourselves the priority. Relationships and work can come before our own self-care. The important thing is to start utilizing self-care in your life slowly. Choose yourself for 10 minutes a day. Once you can do 10 minutes of self-care on a daily basis, do 15 minutes. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of those around you.

Give yourself a hug and have a happy and healthy day!

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