10 Self-Care Practices to Put Yourself First

Whether it's treating yourself to your favorite coffee or listening to your favorite song in the car, small actions can make big impacts on your mental health.

10 Self-Care Practices to Put Yourself First

Too often we give our free time and energy to helping others until we burnout and can't even help ourselves. But putting yourself first can help you refresh and stay healthy for your family. At its core, self-care is about treating yourself with love and respect and doing something that brings you joy. While many people believe that self-care is a luxury afforded only to those who have lots of time on their hands, life coach and author Cheryl Richardson says that's not the case.

Richardson says self-care isn't about time management, it's about self-management — using your time and energy to take small steps that can help improve your overall happiness and well-being. Whether it's treating yourself to your favorite coffee or listening to your favorite song in the car, small actions can make big impacts on your mental health.


Create a Self-Care Bowl

Take a bowl or a jar and fill it with slips of paper that have self-care suggestions on them. These ideas should be able to be completed in 20 minutes or less and should bring you joy, peace, and relaxation. When you feel anxious, stressed, and in desperate need of TLC, pull out a piece of paper and do whatever it says.

Watch: Dr. Oz’s Best Strategies for Stress Relief

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