What is self-care and how should you practice it?


Instagram user @lauraheartlines provides an illustration with a few simple ways to practice self-care.

Makenna Orrick, Feature Editor

Self-care? We have all heard of it, but what exactly is it? 

Everdayhealth.com describes Self-Care as “the means of taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.” 

Self-care means taking steps in order to take care of your physical and emotional health needs. This includes hygiene, nutrition, and managing stressors in your life.

What exactly can self-care look like?

Taking Time for Yourself

Like most people nowadays, you probably feel like there are not enough hours in the day to take care of all your responsibilities. While your to-do list is important to get done, it is also crucial to take a moment each day for yourself. This might mean journaling before bed, taking a study break after hours of homework, or spending quality time with family or friends.

Fuel your body

With all you have going on, eating healthy might be at the end of your long list of things to accomplish, but it should be one of your main priorities. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean cooking a four-course meal every night. It can mean packing healthy snacks and planning a healthy meal while you’re on the go. 

Limit Screen Time

The average screen time for teens is close to 8 hours a day. Screens are everywhere: our bedrooms, pockets, offices, and vehicles. While they can be helpful, they can lead to an increase in anxiety, a disconnection with family and friends, and weight gain. Putting your phone away can help you sleep better, have more time for activities you generally enjoy, and overall boost your mood.

Getting The Help You Need

Whether that is mental or physical health, it is of utmost importance to take action in your own well-being. This can mean simply taking a nap after a hard day or talking to a health care specialist. 

This year, take hold of your life and begin practicing self-care that works for you!