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7 Self-Care Practices for a Better Mental Health

The art of self-care is a powerful tool for nurturing our minds and bodies, allowing us to find balance amidst the chaos. Self-care does not always have to be that expensive spa day or vacation. It can be the little things we do to tend to our mental and physical health. Taking care of yourself allows you to be your best self and better able to care for others.


Self-care is essential in helping us manage stress levels. Some common self-care practices include weekly therapy, regular exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, setting boundaries, and spending time with loved ones. However, it's important to remember that self-care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Therefore, it's essential to experiment with different practices until you find what works best for you. Here are some tips and ideas to help you take care of your mind and body:

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1. Therapy is the ultimate act of self-care and is vital to mental health:

Nevertheless, many see therapy as a financial and time-extensive indulgence. However, in order for some to commit to the variety of self-care acts that will be discussed in this blog, one must address the trauma and develop skills to overcome anxiety and depression symptoms that may hamper your progress in changing behavior, thoughts, or feelings about yourself and your life. 


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2. Practicing mindfulness is a powerful tool for reducing stress and anxiety:

It involves paying attention to the present moment and accepting your thoughts and feelings without judgment. You can practice mindfulness through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few deep breaths throughout the day.


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3. Exercising regularly is good for your physical health but also your mental health:

It helps to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost self-esteem. Find an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or dancing, and try to do it for at least 30 minutes a day.

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4. Getting enough sleep is crucial as our bodies and minds need rest:

Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress and anxiety, as well as depression. Approximately 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is usually recommended 


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5. Eating a healthy diet is essential for good mental health:

 It is recommended that you choose foods that are rich in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. As well as, avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks, which can lead to mood swings and energy crashes.


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6. Find your tribe:

Social connections such as hanging with friends and family, or joining a group or club that lends itself to your interests. In addition, volunteering is also a great way to connect with others while giving back to your community.


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7. Setting boundaries and learning to say no can be an act of self-care:

It's okay to decline invitations or requests that do not align with your priorities, values, or rest schedule. Saying no can be difficult, but it's a crucial step in taking care of your mental health, and anxiety, and avoiding burnout.



Remember, self-care is an ongoing process that looks different for everyone. It is a great addition to therapy. Experimenting with different practices to find what works best for you is essential.  By prioritizing your mental health and well-being, you can lead a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.


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References 

Caring for your mental health. (n.d.). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health



Lucock, M., Gillard, S., Adams, K., Simons, L., White, R., & Edwards, C. (2011). Self-care in mental health services: a narrative review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 19(6), 602–616. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01014.x

 

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