Self Care

Self-care is an act of loving and taking care of yourself – in mind, body and spirit. Self-care is particularly important after experiencing trauma, and there are many ways to start the process of restoring balance in your life. Because each person is unique, there is no correct way to take care of yourself and only you know what is best for you. Even though it may seem difficult, try to do one small thing each day for yourself.

Here are some suggestions to consider as you move forward

  • Take it one day at a time
  • Relax using exercises like yoga, stretching, massage
  • Take time to breathe and breathe deeply
  • Spend time on hobbies, sports, reading
  • Pray and/or meditate
  • Take a long hot shower or bath
  • Keep a journal, just for yourself or to share with others
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Do something creative
  • Hug those you love
  • Snuggle your pet(s)
  • Take a walk in nature
  • Read a good book or a magazine
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Pick or buy flowers for your home
  • Spend time with those around you who are supportive
  • Participate in a support group
  • Seek counseling