LiveWELL – Practicing self-care for your mental health

Self-care encompasses doing things that contribute to  your overall well-being emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. NIH shares simple practices that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to ensure you are being mindful of your mental health. Please see below for three simple ways to practice self-care for your mental health:

1. Set goals and priorities: Look at your list of goals and to-do list items and prioritize the ones that are the most important to accomplish. If your plate is full, it’s okay to  say no to new projects for the moment. Furthermore, if at the end of the day you don’t accomplish all the items you had planned, reflect on the progress you made and what you were able to get done.

2. Practice gratitude: Every day there are so many things to be grateful for. It’s so important to take moments in the day to reflect specifically on the things you are grateful  for by writing them down or replaying them in your head.

3. Make sleep a priority: Try your best to stick to a sleeping schedule as much as possible and turn off electronic devices that emit blue light. Doing so can improve your quality of sleep and positively impact your mental wellbeing.

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