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Mental Health Monday: Self-Care and Wellness

by Michelle Wynne-Feigin on 2023-08-21T09:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

Self-care and wellness have been used interchangeably, but the distinction between the two is that self-care consists of the specific choices and behaviors that over time lead to improved wellness (Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Management).

Acts of self-care are activities or things that nourish us physically, emotionally, and psychologically in a consistent pattern. It is an ongoing process as we learn to check-in with ourselves and provide what we need. It allows us to replenish our energy and alleviate stress.

Self-care can come in many forms:

Physical - staying hydrated, being active, staying up-to-date on doctors appointments

Intellectual - read a book, listen to a podcast, learn a new language or skill

Occupational - set boundaries surrounding your home and work life, especially if you are working from home

Financial - keep track of your spending habits, create a budget, talk with a financial advisor

Social - join a group in your community, call or text a friend or loved one you haven't heard from in a while, plan a game night

Emotional - write in a journal, practice a new hobby that allows you to be relaxed and mindful

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