Mental Health Self-Care are resources and services that you can use by yourself and/or with your informal supports (e.g., family or friends).
Self-Care is “the ability to care for oneself through awareness, self-control, and self-reliance in order to achieve, maintain, or promote optimal health and well-being.”
Self-care involves making decisions that help you to be well and stay well. Self-care can involve easy decisions, like taking a bubble bath, but more often it involves hard decisions, such as choosing to eat healthy foods or choosing to limit contact with critical family members.
Self-care differs for every person and situation. An activity that helps one person to be well may not help another person; for example, going to a social gathering may recharge an outgoing individual but drain a reserved individual. Similarly, the same activity may recharge you in one situation and drain you in another. For example, going on a trip could recharge or drain you depending on your mood, energy level, and circumstance at the time of the trip.
To practice self-care, begin by using one of the following informative or interactive resources, which cover various mental health topics. Remember, self-care starts with the basics. Ask yourself, “Am I getting enough sleep? Am I drinking enough water? Am I eating a balanced diet? Am I getting fresh air? Am I exercising?”
Mental Health Self-Care
Inform – increase your awareness of mental health
- By reading an article
- By taking an online informational course
- By watching an informational video
Interact– explore small changes to improve your mental health
- By doing a meditation
- By taking an online interactive course
- By trying an App