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Cut back on the time you spend with people who don't make you feel good, or spend time with them in a group, rather than one-on-one.

Screen your calls. There's no rule that says you have to answer your phone every time it rings. If you don't feel like talking, call people back at a time that's more convenient for you.

If there are people in your life who consistently make you feel bad about yourself, consider letting those friendships or relationships go. This can be a difficult decision.

Remember: you deserve to have people around you who genuinely care about you, and who support you.



Cognitive/Mental Self-Care

Stress management, mindfulness, meditation, pursuing education on topics of interest, participating in games, puzzles and other mental forms of "exercise", and engaging in hobbies are all ways to address cognitive or mental self care.

Many of us have full time jobs, go to school, volunteer, and/or have families. Finding time to do activities that keep you mentally active is an important aspect of self-care.

Be aware of things you may be doing that take up a lot of your time, but don't support your self-care,

such as too much time on the internet, watching TV, even sleeping. These can all be relaxing, enjoyable activities in moderation, but can become a way of retreating and isolating yourself.



Get involved in a sport or hobby that you love that also challenges your attention, memory, and problem solving skills. Find other people who are doing the same thing! Knowing that people are counting on you to show up can help motivate you.

Make a date night and stick with it, either with a partner, a friend or a group of friends. Treat leisure appointments as seriously as business appointments. If you have plans to do something for fun, mark it on your calendar!



Make your self-care a priority, not something that happens, or doesn't happen, by accident.


Self-care is not selfish.
You cannot serve from an empty vessel.


Some information adapted from RAINN: Self-Care After Trauma

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