SELF-CARE

Self-care is an important part of living a healthy life. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish- it’s self-loving!

Self-care can help:

 

  • Reduce the impact of stress

  • Increase life satisfaction

  • Increase professional satisfaction

  • Improve relationships

 

At Home:

 

Do what makes you happy- if even for just a few minutes.

  • Enjoy your favorite meal or dessert

  • Get physical – take a walk, do yoga or a stretching routine

  • Get healthy- eat plenty of fruits and veggies and all the other things in moderation

  • Engage in sports or recreation

  • Play with the kids

  • Phone a supportive friend

  • Schedule a day or night out with friends              

  • Practice controlled breathing techniques

  • Practice mindfulness and meditation

  • Seek alternative therapies like reiki, reflexology or acupuncture

 

At work:

 

  • Physical movement and exercise- take your breaks- dance, walk or just get some fresh air

  • Interact with positive people as much as you can

  • Take a lunch break, and take a lunch break away from your computer/desk/office/work site

  • Express gratitude to a coworker. You’ll be surprised at how much it lifts both of you up!

  • Seek out a trusted colleague if you need to vent frustrations safely.

 

It is always ok to ask for help.

  • Allegany County Crisis Hotline: 1-888-448-3367

  • Allegany County Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-593-5322

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

  • New York State Crisis Text Line: Text “Got5” to 741-741.  Frontline workers can text “FRONTLINENY” to 741-741 for specialized support.

  • NY Project Hope Coping with COVID Helpline: 1-844-863-9314

 

Self-Care Resources: 

 

How are you doing?  For more information on how to develop a greater life balance, check out the Self-Care Wheel and Resilience Wheel by Olga Phoenix.