Monday, January 4, 2016

How's Your Self-Care?

How well do you take care of yourself?

Sometimes work, family, and activities make it challenging for us to take the best care of ourselves. Not taking care of ourselves can have significant repercussions, including:
  • low energy
  • strained relationships
  • poor work performance
  • poor health, even including premature death
What other impacts do you notice when you don't take care of yourself?

Here are some things that come to mind when I think of self-care:
  • regular medical checkups, including annual physical
  • regular brushing / flossing / dental checkups
  • taking medications as prescribed
  • enough sleep, including good sleep hygiene
  • eating in response to hunger and fullness, while allowing for occasional indulgences
  • fun / pleasurable activities
  • physical activity that you enjoy
  • rewarding work
  • appearance care
  • counselling / psychotherapy / support group, if needed

What other things do you consider self-care?


  1. Hi Jeff, to me things like meditation, soaking in a bath, connecting with nature, making art, lifelong learning and spiritual practices also constitute self care.

    1. Those are great additions to my list, art and nature are big ones for me too! I initially had spirituality / religious practices in my list. I'm not sure how it got lost.