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.


Try Something New

Do something you've never done before. Whether it's putting together a puzzle, trying to paint, reading something from a new genre, or trying your hand at cooking, use your energy to try something you've always wanted to but never made the time for. Who knows, if you like the new activity it may just become your go-to method of self-care.

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Gemma Stafford's Microwave Mug Pizza

Yes, you can easily make a delicious pizza at home.

Yes, you can easily make a delicious pizza at home. All you need is a mug, a microwave and just a few ingredients to make Gemma Stafford's recipe. Swap the pepperoni for any other of your favorite pizza toppings if you want to get creative.