2020 and 2021 have been tough for many people in many different ways. In honor of International Self-Care Day, which took place on July 24, why not take a moment to check in with yourself. How are you doing? What have you done to take care of yourself? It’s never too late to practice self-care.
The state’s Resilient Wisconsin program suggests seven free ways to practice self-care. These resilience-building practices, summarized below, can help you learn to adapt and recover in the face of adversity. For more information, see Resilient Wisconsin: Understanding Resilience.
- Prioritize healthy relationships: Build a supportive network of people who care about you and spend quality time (even if virtually) with them.
- Take care of your body: It’s easier to maintain mental and emotional balance when you feel healthy. Make an effort to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise three or more times a week.
- Avoid negative outlets: Look for healthy ways to process difficult emotions. Trying to escape these emotions through harmful substance use will create more stress.
- Be proactive: We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can take charge of our response. Break problems into manageable tasks and move forward.
- Practice self-awareness: When stressful events occur, it’s important to take a step back and reflect before we react. It helps to understand where your emotions are coming from before you share them.
- Learn from the past: Recognize who or what was helpful (or unhelpful) the last time you were in a stressful situation. Remembering other challenges you’ve overcome can help.
- Ask for help when you need it: Reaching out to family or friends, a health care professional, or a community resource isn’t easy, but knowing how to accept help is a sign of strength.
Information for this article was taken from the 7/22/2021 HR Representative meeting notes.