self-care

Self-Care

Self-Care

Self-care. Nobody has time for that, right?​

You probably think of self-care as taking an expensive vacation, getting a massage, or buying yourself (insert anything you’ve had your eye on for a while). While those are forms of self-care, they can also be expensive. Taking care of yourself can come in many forms. The key components of self-care are physical, mental, and spiritual.

What does self-care look like?

Eating well

Showering

Brushing teeth

Wearing clean clothes

Going to the doctor

Meditation

Journaling

Setting boundaries

Getting your nails done

Working out

Staying hydrated

Reading a book

Volunteer

Watching television

Going to a movie

Visiting with friends

The goal of self-care is to reduce stress and anxiety and replenish your batteries. Taking care of yourself is vital to a good physical and mental state. It is not selfish to do things that you love—quite the opposite.

You spend countless hours caring for others by meeting their physical and emotional needs while ignoring your own.

You know the saying about how you can’t be good to others if you can’t be good to yourself. It’s true. Being fatigued, stressed, and anxious takes a significant toll on your well-being and reduces the ability for compassion towards ourselves and others.

How can therapy help with self-care?

Therapy can help you understand why you are failing at caring for yourself.

Maybe you are experiencing depression and just don’t care about doing something that feels good. Or you were taught that you should just put on your big girl/boy/other pants and keep going, regardless of what is going on.

Therapy can help you make peace with the need for time and activities that bring joy and peace to your life, and find more happiness and fulfillment and can also help you identify things you can do that are meaningful and fill your tank.

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