What is Self Care?
Self-care means taking time to do things you enjoy, and taking care of yourself. When used consistently, self-care can reduce stress, relieve uncomfortable emotions, and improve physical health (Therapist Aid, 2020).
Self care is not something we force ourselves to do. It is something we enjoy doing that refuels us.
Here are some tips to help you get started with self-care:
Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.
Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated. A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day. Also, limit caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee.
Make sleep a priority. Stick to a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Blue light from devices and screens can make it harder to fall asleep, so reduce blue light exposure from your phone or computer before bedtime.
Try a relaxing activity. Explore relaxation or wellness programs or apps, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy such as journaling.
Set goals and priorities. Decide what must get done now and what can wait. Learn to say “no” to new tasks if you start to feel like you’re taking on too much. Try to be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
Practice gratitude. Remind yourself daily of things you are grateful for. Be specific. Write them down at night, or replay them in your mind.
Focus on positivity. Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.
Stay connected. Reach out to your friends or family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.
If you are in need of immediate help, we offer the following resources:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988
Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741-741
CPS Student Safety Hotline (OPEN 24/7 during non-school hours and/or closures): 773-553-3335
Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386
**If you are ever unsure who to dial, call 911**
Disclaimer: The following page is intended for psychological education and support. Any individual in need of ongoing treatment should consult with their pediatrician or school-based clinician (counselor, social worker, psychologist, nurse)