Lessons in Self Care


by Alegra D Angelo, DWJ Public Policy Fellow 2016

May 2016

Self-care is taking intentional actions to improve your mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being.  It’s one way to manage the stress of everyday life. Self-care is empowering and has the ability to build up resilience and positivity. According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control, women and African Americans are more likely to report instances of major depression and less likely to seek out treatment. Self-care is reported to reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, and heart disease.

Self-care is not meant to be indulgent. For example, taking a ten-minute nap is a helpful self-care strategy. A quick nap boosts energy and reduces sleep debt.

Try to avoid watching TV during stressful situations, it can be a distraction and can even make the situation seem worse. TV in moderation is fun, but in but excess can turn into avoidance. Spending ten minutes journaling or five minutes to write a gratitude list can evoke a positive emotion. Below are some strategies for self-care.

1. Sleep

2. Getting enough exercise

3. Meditate

4. Smell a candle or use your favorite lotion and inhale the scent

5. Stroke a pet

6. Check in with your emotions

7. Get fifteen minutes of sun

8. Drink an extra glass of water

9. Listen to your favorite song

10. Give yourself a massage


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