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.


Write Yourself a Love Letter

Set a timer and take 10-20 minutes out of your day to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and write yourself a letter. Write anything that comes to your mind, even if it's about your problems and anxieties. Putting them on paper can help you see the bigger picture to solve them. And be sure to include things that you love and admire about yourself so they stay at the front of your mind.

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