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.


Buy Yourself Flowers

Improve the look of your kitchen or your room with some flowers. Both the act of picking out the flowers and having them displayed in your home is an act of self-care that can help you relax and appreciate the small things in life.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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