SELF-CARE

Self-care refers to those activities you do to take care of yourself physically, mentally, or emotionally. Practicing good self-care can be hard for a lot of people. It can be especially challenging for those who have experienced domestic violence, but can also be a critical part of the healing process. Check out these tips on practicing self-care.

  • Be sure to get sufficient rest at night. If you have trouble sleeping, get up and do something relaxing or enjoyable.
  • Be on the lookout for any changes in your habits, attitudes and moods.
  • Be self-nurturing and don’t forget to laugh.
  • Practice acceptance. Many people get distressed over things they won't let themselves accept. Often, these are things that can't be changed, such as someone else's feelings or beliefs. 
  • Develop a realistic schedule of daily activities that includes time for work, sleep, relationships, and recreation.
  • Improve your physical surroundings by cleaning your house or straightening up your office. 
  • Physical activity is a great stress reliever and can be as simple as taking a walk. Or try aerobics, yoga, jogging, dancing, or swimming.
  • Balance your family, social, and work demands with special private time. Hobbies are a good antidote for daily pressures. Unwind by taking a quiet stroll, soaking in a hot bath, watching a sunset, or listening to calming music.
  • Friends can be good medicine. Daily doses of conversation, regular social engagements, and occasional sharing of deep feelings and thoughts can help reduce stress. 

 

OTHER Suggestions:

  • Massage 
  • Baking 
  • Yoga 
  • Time with friends 
  • Meditation 
  • Positive visualization 
  • Painting 
  • Cleaning 
  • Taking a class, attending a conference
  • Running
  • Walking a dog 
  • Long baths
  • Eating slowly and purposefully 
  • Reading 
  • Biking 
  • Hiking 
  • Journaling 
  • Singing
  • Playing music