Self-care is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy. It’s also one of the most enjoyable, because it’s all about doing something you love to do. Incorporating self-care into your routine doesn’t take much time. It can be something as simple as reading a book or taking a bubble bath. The point is that it's something you do that’s just for you. Here’s why it matters.

Why is self-care so important?

Juggling work, social activities, and family commitments take a lot of energy out of us. That makes it hard to make healthy choices like exercising or eating something nutritious. Self-care is about restoring your energy and boosting your mood, so you feel great. Because when we feel great, we make better, healthier decisions.

Benefits of self-care: Avoiding burnout

Lots of us have probably felt the symptoms of burnout. Whether it’s in your relationship, your job, or even an activity you used to enjoy, if you feel worn out, pessimistic, or stuck, you may be experiencing early signs of burnout.

Self-care is a great way to avoid burnout so you can get back to feeling healthy and happy. Vera Whole Health coach Cheridan Bryant says, “It can also help you replenish and reenergize to prevent you from hitting a wall. It helps with self-appreciation, so you re-learn what you love and appreciate about yourself. When you take care of yourself, you’re a happier, healthier version of yourself.” Examples of self-care practices include:

  • Adequate rest and nutrition
  • Night out with friends
  • Exercise
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Enjoy the outdoors by getting into nature
  • Meditate
  • Write in a journal
  • Do something creative

Start self-care in 3 easy steps

Ready to get started with your own self-care? Follow these steps and don’t forget, if you need help with integrating self-care into your life, talk to your Vera health coach about self-care practices, benefits, and strategies.

  • Step 1: Try something from the list above or come up with your own self-care activity.
  • Step 2: Take a moment during your self-care activity to pay attention to how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel better, great! Move on to step 3. Otherwise, try a different activity until you find something that works for you.
  • Step 3: Work to incorporate your self-care activity into your typical routine. The benefits of self-care are most abundant when you do it regularly. So, don’t be shy. Do something just for yourself today!

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