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What is Self-Care?

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Just like you’d go for a run or eat veggies to keep your body healthy, you need to make intentional choices that improve and protect your mental well-being.

Myth: Self-care is selfish

Self-care isn’t the same as being selfish. You deserve to put your mental health first, even if that requires drawing new boundaries at work or at home. Prioritize time with yourself for yourself, and everyone will see the benefits.

Myth: Self-care isn’t an effective mental health strategy

Self-care activities like eating well, exercising, and taking time to journal or meditate can have positive effects on your physical and mental health. Studies prove meditating on a daily basis can relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. Those who journal on a regular basis have been found to have stronger immune systems, improved memory skills, and better relationship building skills. Plus eating right and exercising regularly have numerous benefits for physical and mental health.

Myth: Self-care requires resources

It’s important to find a self-care activity that allows you to spend time investing in your mental health and unwinding from daily stress. Here are a few self-care ideas that don’t require anything but time and intention:

  • Make dinner plans with a friend
  • Watch your favorite movie and keep the popcorn all to yourself
  • Relax in a bubble bath or on your couch with a facemask
  • Take a walk through your neighborhood or local park
  • Bake your favorite sweet treat

However you choose to take care of yourself, our team at Valley Oaks Health is here to help if you need support finding the path toward better mental health.

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